Workplace violence often begins with inappropriate behavior or other signs. Often, if these behaviors are detected and reported, the violence could be prevented. The following information is a starting place for workplace violence education and a safer, healthier workplace for everyone.

Examples of workplace violence:

  • Threats (direct or implied)
  • Physical conduct that results in harm to people or property
  • Conduct which harasses, disrupts or interferes with another individual’s performance
  • Conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment

Potential warning signs:

  • Verbal, nonverbal or written threats
  • Fascination with weapons or violence
  • New or increased stress at home or work
  • Expressions of hopelessness or anxiety
  • Insubordinate behavior
  • Dramatic change in work performance
  • Destruction of property
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Externalization of blame

Risk Factors that contribute to workplace violence:

  • Termination of employment
  • Disciplinary actions
  • On-going conflicts between employees
  • Domestic or family violence
  • Financial problems

Workplace violence prevention:

  • Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Awareness is a proven method for increased personal safety.
  • Tell your supervisor when you notice unusual or suspicious behavior.
  • Contact the University Behavior Intervention Team at 978-UBIT or the Office of Human Resources at 978-3065 for assistance or guidance.
  • Get acquainted with the University Police Department (UPD) officers. Do not hesitate to call the UPD for help at 911 (Campus telephone) or 978-3450 (Non-Campus telephone).