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Workplace Violence - Not As Common As You May Fear?

Volume 14, Issue 17
August 31, 2015

Given the tragic events last week in Virginia, it is normal for us to worry anew about the issue of workplace violence. The issue is real and its effects are devastating. However, it is also important, and helpful, to keep the issue in perspective. An August 26, 2015 article from CNN Money states that from 1992 to 2012, "there were 14,770 workplace homicide victims, or roughly 700 a year on average."

The article explains that it is much more common for employees to be subjected to lesser forms of workplace violence, some of which may go unreported. It is this type of conduct we address and attempt to control with strong policies prohibiting workplace violence, precise procedures to protect the workforce, and mechanisms to encourage all employees and supervisors to be alert and report any and all concerns without fear of reprisal.

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