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Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the Workplace

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Published by Marianna Retzi
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior

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Spring 2012
 
Marianna RetziOrganizational Behavior
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Prof. PennyVlagosSpring 2012
Violence in the Workplace
 
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Introduction
San Diego, CA. June 4
th
1991. Elgar CorporationIt is a hot Wednesday morning, and the atmosphere in the San Diego offices of Elgar electricscorporation is suffocating. A couple of minutes ago
the plant’s telephone network was shot out and two
homemade bombs
were set off. It was all a diversion, to avert everybody’s attention from what wasabout to happen: in a few minutes John Jones (Elgar Corp.’s GM) and Michael Krowitz (Sales Manager)
will be shot and killed by disgruntled employee Larry Hansel.Sadly enough, none of us is a stranger to incidents like this one. On the contrary, employees arecontinuously facing the threat of becoming subject to physical violence in the workplace. (Figure 1)Violence in the workplace is, unfortunately, an issue of continuously increasing concern for bothemployees and employers. The purpose of this paper is to examine violence in the workplace. Whatcauses violence behavior in the workplace? In which occupations is it found more often? Are there anywarning signs and if so what are they? These are some of the questions that this paper will attempt toanswer.
Violence in the Workplace: Definition and Categorization
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) “workplace
violence is any physica
l assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting”
both at or outside the workplace. Even though when we hear the words workplace violence our mindgoes immediately to incidents similar to the one mentioned before, homicide is not the only form of violence in the workplace. Some other forms of workplace violence are shootings, stabbings, rapes,

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