Workplace Violence

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Workplace violence: A case study
Robert F. White
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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White, Robert F., "Workplace violence: A case study" (2002). UNLV Theses/Dissertations/Professional Papers/Capstones. Paper 522.

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Since the Las Vegas Valley main post office administrative offices


have had at least one violent incident, did they develop any measures concerning violence prevention? And does it cost much if your organization had a violent incident? Depending on what preconceived opinion you may have, this paper could change your mind or at least get you looking and thinking more about this subject. The paper will present work from several researchers in the Literature Review section and discuss (1) the extent of workplace violence, (2) the cost of workplace violence, and (3) two main factors that can be used to explain the causes of workplace violence. In the section on Preventing Workplace Violence, a basic workplace violence prevention plan is developed based on the most frequently occurring recommendations. The workplace violence prevention plan is then used to develop an interview instrument to collect information regarding the post office preparedness to deal with violent incidents. The Methodology section presents the information collection process and explains the setting in which the post office operates. Finally, the Findings and Analysis section explores the practices of the post office against the template presented as a basic workplace violence prevention plan.



The ugly face of workplace violence had not been prominently displayed in the public’s eye until the mid 1980s. What we commonly had, in

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