Measures To Mitigating Workplace Violence
Workplace violence is defined by Occupational Health And Safety Administration (OSHA) as any act or threat of physical violence, intimidation, harassment or any other behavior that makes one uncomfortable or as a direct result of their work. To most people, they think that violence is all about the physical acts, this is not the case as also verbal abuse is categorized to be workplace violence. There is a need for the management in organizations and companies to take a keen look for such cases as violence so that they can give the company an effective and productive room to grow. Workplace violence comes in different forms; it could be between an employee and a colleague, employee and the organization or an external party like customer. No matter the form of violence experienced at the workplace, it will always pose a threat to the success and effective operation of the company. It is therefore critical that the management of the organization finds means to mitigate workplace violence and minimize them as possible. Finding the positive way to get rid of the violence needs to sort out.
It is essential that the management of an organization to develop a policy that does not tolerate violence in the workplace. There is also the need to have severe penalties to individuals who engage in violent behaviors to show that such incidences cannot be tolerated. If the company tolerates such behaviors, there will be high employee turnover, and this will also mean that the growth, success and productivity level on the company will be affected. Before any new employee is brought on board there is a need for the management to explain what is expected and the penalties that come along when such cases happen. Violence in workplaces does not emerge out of anywhere but due to some factors that need to be identified and be dealt with in the shorted time possible. The factors could include increased stress levels, lack of adequate training and management laxity to implement appropriate disciplinary actions.
Employees do play an important role went it comes to mitigating workplace violence by including security measures. Through safety training and awareness on the unacceptable behaviors within the company and part of the employees ethic, the execution of the penalties to the perpetrators will serve as the best examples. During the training such factors as violence recognition and communication strategies need to be addressed as they are very essential in the mitigation process. In order to be successful with the fight against workplace violence, the management should clearly define what should be done in the department levels towards goal achievement. There is need to have a department within the organization that one can confidently report workplace violence and be sure that it will be addressed in the best possible way.