Workplace Violence Research Paper

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#2: Discuss intervention and the various steps necessary in preventing and responding to workplace violence.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a staggering statistic which indicated there were 14,770 workplace homicide victims between 1992 and 2012. Averaging over 700 homicides per year, the largest number of homicides in one year (n=1080) occurred in 1994, while the lowest number (n=468) occurred in 2011. From 2003 to 2012 over half of the workplace homicides occurred within three occupation classifications: sales and related occupations (28%), protective service occupations (17%), and transportation and material moving occupations (13%). While homicides are the extreme example of workplace
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He calls the process an intervention strategy which utilizes a spectrum to proactively identify employees who may commit an act of violence before it occurs. The spectrum includes the normal employee, who most likely does not pose a threat to other workers, because they are able to about their day having normal interactions and discussions with other staff. The covert employee, who is involved in behind-the-scenes activities designed to under mind the organization. According to Fischer, this employee may secretly sabotage equipment or leave harassing voice messages. The third employee on the spectrum is the fence-sitter, who may sometimes be covert, but can also actually commit acts of violence and take full responsibility for the violence. An overt employee, is an openly violent person who does not hide their behavior. The last and most notorious employee on the spectrum is the dangerous employee. These employees are labeled a “ticking time bomb,” by Fischer, and they may be homicidal. The purpose of the spectrum is to keep an employee from going from normal to violent, by early intervention and counseling to steer the employee back to the normal
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