Workplace Violence Prevention: Human Resource Policy Procedure. By Lance Casey New London CT
Acts and threats of violence in the workplace are one of the most serious and frustrating problems employers and employees alike may face. The management of the business will be consistent in confronting and preventing these behavioral issues, which could potentially cause a serious problem for employees and the general public. Employees need to know that hostility, threats, intimidation and assaults will not be tolerated.
The business seeks to have a workplace free of violence and the threat of violence. All employees should note that there will be a zero tolerance of acts or threats of violence in our workplace by employees, clients, the general public and- or anyone who conducts business with us.
It is the intent of the business to provide a workplace which is free from physical attacks, harassment, property crimes, threats or any other violent acts. The business has developed the following principles with regard to violence in the workplace. It is imperative that all employees familiarize themselves with the policies and regulations in order to facilitate the goal of the business in this regard.
For this policy,” Acts of violence” or “Threats of violence” are defined as:
Any act of physical violence including, but not limited to, pushing, shoving, punching, striking, pinching, biting, kicking, wrestling, slapping, or any other aggressive or unsolicited, unwarranted contact between two parties. By their nature, physical attacks often involve breaking criminal laws.
A threat of immediate or future harm, made seriously or in a joke, whether verbally, in writing or by an employee’s conduct or physical gesturing. Examples include, “if you make that decision, I will have to hurt (kill) you, ” or “I’m going to beat the hell out of you.” Threats are significant because they may precede actual acts of violence. There is also substantial evidence that threats can produce as much psychological damage as actual physical acts. By their nature, threats, which might include incidents of stalking, often involve breaking criminal laws.
Any implied threat, made seriously or as a joke, made either verbally or by an employee’s conduct or physical gesturing, that a reasonable person would construct as coercive, intimidating or menacing.
Harassment, often involving verbal abuse, including unwanted telephone calls, that involves acts or language by a party designed to damage or harm.
Vulgar or obscene language, racial or ethnic slurs.
Brandishing or threatening with a weapon, dangerous instrument or item construed to be utilized as a weapon. Such instruments include, but are not limited to, firearms (including models, replicas or an object whose outline represents a firearm), knives, mace bats, clubs and other such items.
Property crimes, including abuse, destruction, sabotage and theft of the business’s property, tools or equipment.
Workplace is defined as: An employee’s immediate and/or assigned work area. All the businesses property includes the buildings, grounds and parking.