September 01, 2000
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts September 2000 Current Issue
September 2000
Short Cuts:Risky Business: Violence At Work

IIncidences of school shootings have skyrocketed, but children aren’t the only ones acting out aggressions. Workplace violence has risen steadily since 1996, prompting corporations to step up security, implement employee assistance programs and teach managers to identify warning signs.

In a November 1999 survey of human resource professionals by the Alexandria, Va.-based Society for Human Resource Management, 57 percent reported their firms had experienced violent incidents, compared to 48 percent in 1996. And 68 percent had written policies addressing workplace violence, up from 59 percent in 1996. Commonly reported acts included verbal threats, harassment, bomb threats, pushing and shoving, and fistfights.


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