Five Essential Elements of Your Workplace Violence Plan
We see it in the news and read about it all too frequently—violence. However, violence does not just happen in the streets—it also spills into the workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), one out of every six violent crimes occurs in the workplace. These crimes include assaults, rapes, robberies, and—on rare occasions—homicides. Employees, customers, and third-party individuals are increasingly acting out in ways that devastatingly alter their lives and the lives of their coworkers. PEOs, of course, are not immune to this unfortunate phenomenon.
Workplace violence can happen at any company and in any industry. Some industries, such as healthcare, however, are particularly vulnerable to this problem. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported that U.S. healthcare workers suffer 15,000 to 20,000 injuries from workplace violence annually.