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Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence



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Workplace ViolenceWorkplace Violence: The 21
Century PlagueDr. Patricia A. AlvaraJune, 20011
Workplace ViolenceWorkplace Violence: The 21
Century PlagueFor every moment one turns around anymore, one is inundated with violent newsflashing before their eyes. Headlines sweep across the screen and newspapers as violenceoutbreaks at an organization once again. We seem not to be able to escape hearing, or seeing such horrific news any more. It is everywhere one turns; not only in the US, butinternationally as well. Violence can be found in our homes, games our children play,music people listen to, our workplaces and now even our children’s schools. People begin to speculate and ask themselves who can they trust. A few weeks ago, if one turnedon the local news, you would have heard about the story of a principal of an elementaryschool in Indiana taking an 11 year old student to Las Vegas. Now there is a femaleintern, Chandra Levy, missing from Washington DC. One hears about police officersshooting innocent people or becoming victims themselves. Even priests have been in thenews for sexually harassing their parishioners. Psychologists manage to manipulate their  patients into sexual misconduct. When will it end? Is the current violent outbreak of violence the new epidemic of the 21
Century? The purpose of this research paper is toexamine what causes violence in our workplaces; to investigate if there are any pre-warning signs perpetrators display prior to acting out; and to look at what stepsorganizations can take in order to assure safety and reduce their risks of violence in their workplace.2
Workplace ViolenceViolence is a generic term used to describe a variety of destructive behaviorswhich cause harm to people. Violence is powerful; it can impair efficiency and wastesresources in organizations. Violence is a dominator which destroys morale, motivation,and performance, as well as makes people very ill. If not controlled, violence can evendestroy organizations legally and financially. “No company is immune to workplaceviolence” (Stabbings,
2001, p.2). The National Institute of Health (NIOSH)has declared homicides to become the second leading cause of occupational death next tomotor-vehicle deaths (Workplace Violence-How, 2001). Most workplace violence occurswhen organizations have contact with the public. “According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the workplace is the most dangerous place to be in America. The problem is so pervasive; the Center for Disease Control has classified workplace violence as a NationalEpidemic” (Grimme, 2000, p.1).
In 1993, there were over 110,000 reported incidents of violence (NIOSH)(Workplace Violence- Sentry, 2001).
1,000 employees are murdered each year (Gottschalk, 2001)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that homicide is the leadingcause of death for women at work, and it is the third cause of death atwork for men (Stress and Workplace Violence,2000).3

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