After the recent causalities of deaths occurring in the workplace now is a perfect time for you to be asking your employer about your Violence in The Workplace Policy.
This week - twice we saw in the news examples of what can happen at your place of employment.
First there was the guy in Miami who killed two of his managers because he was dismissed from his job and second, was the young lady who was murdered by her husband and the innocent children who were hurt.
So let me give you a few quick tips to help you get informed about violence in the workplace and your organizations role.
First, it is your organizations responsibility to provide you with a safe working enviornment. Your policy should be listed in your employee handbook and if it does not have a section of it's own it should be listed under the Safety section.
They should provide you with information on how the process works, how to report it and who torpor it too. If it is not in your handbook it should be posted in your bulletin area (usually where the list your tax and right to work information )
Now if all else fails and its not posted or in your handbook your employee should be providing annually verbal training- at which at the end of the training you should be presented with an acknowledgement form for you to sign and a short form of the policy. Your HR person has to keep this on file until the next year.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and you are actively in an abusive situation and your abuser has threatened to show up at work to hurt you or others - you need to report it to your management team. I have been there...and I know that is the last thing that you want to do is to let your employers know about your personal life. However, we have to be mindful that at this point its not only our lives but the lives of others that are at risk.
OSHA provides a great definition of what workplace violence- quoted directly from their site
What is workplace violence?Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide. (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/)
OSHA also provides a worksheet of signs to be on the look out for- you can find it here.. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/
Links the the articles can be found here:
Worker kills employer
Abuser kills wife
I would love to hear your thoughts about this and what can be done to prevent violence in the workplace!!!
Do you need help writing your Violence in The Workplace Policy? Or perhaps you are looking for someone to educate your management team and your staff.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to schedule a time for us to speak
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Hey guys!! I am J’Anmetra Waddell and I am survivor of Domestic Violence