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Is Your Organization at Risk for Workplace Violence?

Posted by Allison Baker

June 16, 2016

 How to prevent workplace violenceEvery year in the U.S., 2 million people are affected by workplace violence. From physical harassment to emotional and verbal abuse, the cost of workplace violence has increased significantly in the last 20 years.

Since 1995, the annual cost of workplace violence has increased from $36 billion to $130 billion. Monetary costs aside, this problematic workplace behavior takes an emotional and physical toll on employees, shareholders, family members, and the community as a whole.

But not all workplaces share the same risk. Employees at the greatest risk for workplace violence are those who work directly with the public, including those who:

  • Exchange money with the public

  • Work late at night

  • Work alone or in isolated areas

  • Work with or care for unstable or volatile people

  • Work where alcohol is served

While certain jobs and sectors are more at risk, it’s important for every organization to have a thorough prevention and preparation plan. The below infographic by Lowers Risk Group shows you how to spot the early warning signs of problematic behavior as well as seven essential components of a violence prevention program.

Of course the U.S. isn’t the only country concerned with workplace violence. Recently, Canada enacted new laws to protect and prevent employees from workplace violence. To learn more about how to comply with new Canadian law, register for your free webinar: Creating a Respectful Workplace Under New Canadian Law with Karen Bock.

workplace violence prevention
Courtesy of: Lowers Risk Group

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Topics: HR, workplace harassment, workplace violence