The phrase “workplace violence” conjures up the image of a gunman spraying bullets, but mass shootings are rare, while workplace violence is more commonplace.
In 2013, 397 people were killed in workplaces. Almost 2 million employees, however, report being the victim of workplace violence each year.
Mass shootings are considered relatively unpredictable, more difficult to prevent and 80 percent involve a perpetrator who is a stranger to the victim.
Workplace violence, however, is more likely to involve a previously known perpetrator, can be more predictable and is far more likely to happen at your worksite.