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).