Survey: Half of workplaces experience violence

About half (48 percent) of surveyed HR professionals said their organization had at some point experienced workplace violence, according to research released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

“Education has to start from the top down, and often that starts with HR,” said SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP.

“There’s naturally a lot of fear when people think of workplace violence. But preparing and providing employees with hands-on training helps empower them to react and take action in the event of a worst-case scenario.”

A culture of safety starts with a firm commitment and active involvement from senior leadership. Employers should then conduct an audit to identify and correct gaps in workplace safety and security. Further, programs to prevent workplace violence should highlight a zero-tolerance policy for violence—including threats, intimidation and harassment—at work are a must.

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