Violence in the Workplace
Violence is often generated in the workplace—by a current or former disgruntled employee or an angry customer, spouse, partner, or relative of an employee. The violence can result from many causes, including disciplining or firing an employee, employee abuse of drugs or alcohol, harassment by coworkers, mental illness, domestic violence, stalking, or work-related stress. As you devise your policy on violence in the workplace, consider the makeup of your workforce. Carefully review what violent acts, if any, have occurred at your workplace, as well as acts of violence that have occurred at other employers and in your community. Consider what preventive steps can be taken for the future. Use these tips and considerations and sample policy to create a "Violence in the Workplace" policy that best fits your organization.