Workplace Violence….Are you prepared?


Employees who are unhappy in their job or are angry with their manager oftentimes resort to violence. Do you know how to recognize warning signs of violent behavior? Would you be prepared if something did happen? These conversations should exist in your workplace and managers should be trained so they can recognize signs of danger and/or violence. Listed below are some things you can do to create awareness in your workplace.

Have a Policy & Enforce it                    

All employers should have an anti-violence policy. Is it time to dust yours off and make sure it is updated? Does it cover threatening and bullying behavior? Does the policy apply to everyone? Employers should be vigilant and careful about reviewing every incident of violence that is reported. Investigate and make sure that appropriate disciplinary action is taken.


Train managers

Employers should provide managers with professional training on how to recognize and respond to employees who appear unstable. What should managers do, and whom should they call if they see disturbing behavior?


Resolve workplace conflicts  

If an employer is aware of a conflict among workers, it should be handled promptly and completely. The employer may decide to bring in a HR professional to meet with the workers or refer them to counseling or EAP Program. The employer needs to be pro-active in resolving all workplace conflicts so they don’t escalate.


Don’t ignore odd behavior         

Discuss the behavior with the employee and see how he or she reacts. If the behavior reaches the point where the workplace is affected and the employer believes it can be proved that the employee may be a “direct threat,” consider removing the employee from the premises immediately and establish an action plan with that employee.

It is imperative that we take all threats seriously. Have a policy, train managers, resolve conflicts and don’t ignore behavior.

If you have any questions about identifying violent behavior or creating an awareness of violence in the workplace, please contact Susan Arnold at 515-401-2233.


Susan Arnold
HR On-Call, LLC
p. 515.401.2233


A little more about us:
Susan Arnold, owner and lead HR Consultant at HR On-Call, LLC. Susan has 20+ years of HR experience and provides a HR presence to business organizations without the overhead expense of a full-time employee. Susan helps business owners improve employer/employee relationships and allows them to focus on their business while resting assured that they are in full compliance with state and federal law.

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