Workplace Violence

Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020
Top 5 Background Screening Trends for 2020

Topics like medical marijuana, Ban the Box, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are sure to grab a lot of headlines in 2020, but are they really the HR trends to which you need to pay attention? Not according to the data. We surveyed hundreds of HR professionals, recruiters, and generalists who use screening following the SHRM Annual Conference about what trends you’re watching in 2020. Here’s what’s on your radars.

Are YOU a Workplace Bully?
Are YOU a Workplace Bully?

Over the last few months we have been discussing the prevalence of bullies in the workplace. We’ve talked about identifying bullying behavior and what to do if you are a witness or the target. If you have been reading our articles and thinking you’ve never experienced anything like this… or you think the whole issue is ridiculous… you might need to take a serious look at yourself to see if just maybe- you could be the bully.  

You’ve Witnessed Bullying in the Workplace – Now What?
You’ve Witnessed Bullying in the Workplace – Now What?

What would you do if you saw a speeding, lifted, diesel, bright orange eight-wheeler truck crash into a little electric car sitting motionless at a red light? At first glance you’re probably thinking you’d call 911. Of course you would, you’re a decent human being and would want to ensure both drivers are safe. Unfortunately you’d be wrong in your answer.

How To Fight Back Against Cyberbullies
How To Fight Back Against Cyberbullies

In 2011, I was in a terrible accident. Without going into too much detail, my dog and a city trolley were involved. The local news stations covered the story and posted their news clips on their websites. It wasn’t long before the comments section was full of a hateful string of nastiness. People said I was too stupid to own a dog and it should be taken away from me. They said I should be dragged into the street and shot for being so dumb. They said they wished I hadn’t survived that accident because people as idiotic as me shouldn’t be walking the streets of our fine city.

Nurses Eating Their Young: The Hidden Hospital Bullies
Nurses Eating Their Young: The Hidden Hospital Bullies

“Nurses eating their young.”  Have you heard that one before? I have always heard horror stories about what young doctors had to go through as they navigated the first few years of their profession, but apparently the hazing and outright bullying of young nurses has been a way of life in American hospitals for decades.

Why I Waited So Long to Write About the WDBJ Tragedy
Why I Waited So Long to Write About the WDBJ Tragedy

The news media is always interested in workplace violence. Mass shootings get wall-to-wall coverage for days on end and terms like “going postal” get coined.  On August 26th, the two collided in an unspeakable tragedy as Alison Parker and Adam Ward were executed on live TV by Vester Lee Flanagan, a former co-worker who had been fired by the station.

Abuse of Students is Overwhelming
Abuse of Students is Overwhelming

Thanks to the NFL… domestic violence is the cause du jour.  The whole country has rallied around the victims of these football players.  Unfortunately, these few public cases of abuse actually pale in comparison with what is going on in our schools.

The Latest Workplace Violence Resources for Employers
The Latest Workplace Violence Resources for Employers

The October publication of the Workplace Violence Prevention eReport was just released from the National Institution for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc.  The publication includes several reports of workplace violence incidents and includes education resources to better prepare employers and the public in case of an unthinkable act of violence in the workplace. 

Background Screening May Help Prevent Workplace Violence
Background Screening May Help Prevent Workplace Violence

Workplace homicides have increased by 50% in 2012, according to Dr. Larry Barton, Ph.D., an expert in threat management and a faculty member at the FBI Academy. Barton calculates that on average, two people are murdered at work each workday in the United States (Bailey, 2013). According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report, current and former work associates accounted for 21% of workplace homicide offenders between 2005 and 2009 (Harrell, 2011). Between 2005 and 2009, individuals employed in sales and office jobs accounted for a staggering 33% of workplace homicides, ranking higher than law enforcement workplace homicides at 17%.

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