Workplace Violence Essay

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Workplace Violence

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), " each week, an average of 20 workers are murdered and 18,000 are assaulted at work. Non-fatal assault’s at work result in millions of lost days and cost businesses’ millions of lost workdays. And the most disturbing finding homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace." ( As a result, violence in the workplace has received considerable attention in the press and media and also in safety and health professionals.

The Medical College of Georgia Administrative Policies and Procedures office of Primary Responsibility: Public Safety Division, pointed out that " Workplace Violence shall
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Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury. Third, negative affectivity, or attitude, refers to a person’s way of looking at the world. High levels of negatives affectivity have been shown to be statistically significant in predicting poor job performances. In other words, poor attitude tends to mean poor performance."(

Perpetrators of workplace violence come from every level of society, so it’s not simply an economic or class issue. Some researchers suggest that workplace stress and feelings of unjust persecution seem to be the strongest factors. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), " the factors that most often lead to stress on the job are poorly designed tasks that lack meaning, don’t use workers’ skills, and provide little sense of control, poor management style, so that there is poor communication and participation and a lack of family-friendly working conditions, too many work roles, with conflicting responsibilities and uncertain expectations, little or no job security, with a lack of opportunity for growth and promotion and a high risk of rapid change, and finally, environmental stress like dangerous, crowded, noisy, or polluted working environments. In combination, these stressful factors can throw people off balance, particularly if they are already unstable or have difficulty dealing with other people. Even the stress of working

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