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Company Policies Can Curtail Violence in the Workplace

Businesses Can Diffuse Potentially Dangerous Situations

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Because of the dramatic increase of incidents of violence in the workplace, many businesses are taking steps to address the problems before it gets to a dangerous level.

According to law enforcement officials, there are a number of steps that businesses can take to avoid situations that lead to workplace violence and deal with potentially dangerous situations.

Even small companies can establish a sign-in policy for visitors, install panic buttons and safe rooms, hire security guards, install good lighting, and develop a safety training program for all employees.

Avoiding Potential Danger

Here are other steps a company can take to avoid potential dangers:

  • When hiring new employees check references, backgrounds, history, criminal records and education thoroughly.

  • Define termination procedures clearly and develop a policy that includes advance notice, severance pay, and placement services.

  • Learn to recognize potentially violent employees. Signs of stress that could turn into violence include depression, talking in a louder than normal voice, being startled easily, frequent absences, increased irritability and impatience, and concentration and memory problems.

  • Encourage all employees to report unusual or worrisome behavior. Make sure they know who to report problems to and take those reports seriously.

  • Establish a pre-determined code word for employees to use when they need immediate assistance.

  • Develop a clear, written policy that spells out procedures in cases of violence and sanctions for any violators.

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