Duration: 24 minutes
Workplace violence. It can happen in any size organization, in any industry. We read about it in the news often enough that it seems to be a fairly common threat.
Fortunately, these tragedies are rare considering the millions of people who go to work every day without incident. And since much is now known about such attacks, the vast majority can be prevented by paying attention to the warning signs and responding with quick, decisive action.
This dramatic video is narrated by Stephen G. White, PhD, President of Work Trauma Services and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Over the past twenty years, Dr. White has consulted on thousands of threat cases for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations of all sizes, both public and private. Based on this experience, he shares facts about workplace violence that can help you identify risks of violence in your workplace.
The manager version and its accompanying study guide offer additional content for managers and supervisors, such as how to hold information-gathering meetings, confront a bully, or terminate a problem employee. Managers are strongly encouraged to get support—from HR, security or other designated resources—if they feel uncomfortable or if there is any possibility of a violent reaction.
Even if your workplace does not experience threats that indicate immediate danger, proper training on the appropriate response to warning signs of violence will improve employee comfort levels, show due diligence, and help the overall mental health of your organization