How to Prevent Workplace Violence

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October 29, 2013 — 1,161 views  
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It is quite clear that workplace violence refers to the violence or aggression that a person at work faces. It has been identified as one of the major hazards of the health care industry. It has been defined as a threat or act of physical violence, aggressive behavior, harassment, disruptive behavior or intimidation that a worker faces while performing his/her work.

Signs That Point Towards Potential Workplace Violence

It is very important to take into consideration all the warning signs that you may be experiencing which suggest potential workplace violence. Usually workers face physical violence in health care organizations. So it becomes important for them to identify the signs that may help them in preventing workplace violence. Here are a few signs that can help you in identifying that there are chances of potential workplace violence.

  • Aggressive change in the behavior of the person you are dealing with at work
  • Temper tantrums, sulking or crying
  • Emotional or swearing language
  • Refusal to acknowledge problems in job performance
  • Overreacting to criticism
  • Disrespect for authority
  • Negligence of rules
  • Increased frustration with present situation
  • Direct or indirect threats that suggest self-harm or harm to others
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Excessive stress in personal life

All these signs act as a warning which point towards potential workplace violence.

Preventing Workplace Violence

Violence in hospitals can be prevented if appropriate steps are taken at the right time. Warning signs should be identified as this small step can help in preventing, or at least minimizing the extent of damage or assault. Most health care organization employees are advised to develop a zero- tolerance policy towards any sort of violence at workplace. Such an attitude helps a great extent in preventing workplace violence.  It makes the violator aware of the fact that he/she cannot get away with such violence and will have to pay for his/ her mistake. This policy should include all the workers of the health care organization. Apart from that it should also include patients, visitors, clients, contractors and all the other people that come in contact with the personnel of the organization.

Other than adopting a strict policy, employers also need to assess their worksite on a timely basis. This way they can come up with major steps that can help in reducing such incidents.

Dealing with Workplace Violence

If you end up being a victim of workplace violence, you need to take action against it. If you work for a health care organization, you have the right to report this problem to your supervisor. You can also notify the human resource department about it. Apart from that, if your organization has a special employee assistance program, you can take advice from there too.

Do check whether your organization has a violence prevention program. In case there is no such program, suggest your employer to come up with one. Your organization has the legal obligation of looking after you and your safety. So you don’t need to quietly face any sort of workplace violence. Instead you need to stand against it.

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