By Melissa A. Bailey, Esq. and Dennis A. Davis, Ph.D.
Employers today are faced with the daunting task of trying to root out workplace violence before it occurs for both legal and basic human safety reasons. In addition to the basic moral and human desire to keep workers safe from harm, legal responsibilities (including recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] directives) make violence prevention and intervention a top priority.
While most employment policies focus on coworker violence by prohibiting weapons, aggressive behavior and hate-based speech in the workplace, the challenge for employers is broader than that. Understanding how to avoid the risk of all four types of behavior is paramount for a safe and effective workplace.
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