Work Place Rage
By Caroline Agbayani
Over Worked, Under Paid, and Simply Out-RAGE-ouS
Crime Doctor's Take on
Work Place Violence
The Crime Doctor says "Workplace violence is the leading cause of death among female workers in the US and is the second leading cause of death for men."
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The following information was taken from crimedoctor's website.
About two million people in the U.S. are victims of violent crime in the workplace every year, according to a US Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Study taken between 1992-1996. The occupations examined included those that prior studies have deemed to be more vulnerable to criminal victimization.
The rate of violence per 1,000
workers during the five-year period studied was as follows:
OCCUPATION RATE VICTIMS
Law Enforcement Officers 306 234,000
Prison or Jail Corrections Officers 218 58,300
Taxi Drivers 184 16,100
Private Security Guards 117 71,100
Bartenders 91 26,400
Mental Health Professionals 80 50,300
Gas Station Attendants 79 15,500
Convenience or Liquor Store Clerks 68 61,500
Mental Health Custodial Worker s 63 8,700
Junior High/Middle School Teachers 57 47,300
Bus Drivers 45 17,200
Special Education Teachers 41 9,000
High School Teachers 29 33,300
Elementary School Teachers 16 35,400
College or University Teachers 3 6,600
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, homicide was the second leading cause of death in the workplace following highway fatalities. Workplace murders accounted for 1 of every 6 fatal occupational injuries. Firearms were used to commit more than 80% of all workplace homicides. By far, white males between the ages of 25 and 44 were the victims of workplace homicides occurring as a result of an armed robbery in a late-night retail setting.
The epidemic of workplace violence and rage has claimed the lives of many hardworking Americans and continues to escalate at alarming rates across the nation. Workplace rage involves more than employees that "just snap". Violence in the workplace can impact the lives of employees and cause psychological damage amongst its victims. But how do companies prevent workers from going postal and what are the signs to watch out for? The Crime Doctor offers several astounding statistics on workplace violence, information about high-risk occupations, killer profile, possible triggers for rage and violence, and prevention measures. Workplace violence is an issue that needs to be addressed before more people are victimized, or worse, left for dead.
5 things to Defuse Workplace Violence
If you are in the work force, you are a potential victim. As scary or paranoid as that may seem, you still need to know how to deal with workplace rage. The following excerpt was taken from the website entitled: Defuse Impending Violence
You're approached and informed that one of
your employees is "on the edge" and there is a definite potential for violence.You need to ask yourself,
"Is this a situation I can defuse?" If yes, proceed. If no, CALL 911!
LISTEN to the aggrieved party and allow a total "airing" of the grievance without comment or judgment
Allow the aggrieved party to suggest a solution
Move toward a win-win resolution
I like the way he offers good, practical advice that can be used in many different contexts, not only in the workplace. We can stop feeling like we are helpless when it comes to workplace violence and take charge of what little things we can do to prevent it. We go to work because it is a part of life and not because it takes our life away.
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