Workplace Violence No Longer Front Page News

Workplace Violence No Longer Front Page News

Frank Kenna III

By, Frank Kenna III on Thursday June 15, 2017

It’s big news that Representative Steve Scalise was shot and badly injured at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday. The event was work related, so I suppose it can be classified as a workplace-related incident. Sadly, workplace violence has become all too common.

Did you know that on June 6 a disgruntled former employee shot and killed five people at a Florida awning manufacturer? Probably not, as it didn’t make the front pages of national newspapers or headline news programs.

Then, on the same day that Rep. Scalise was shot, a gunman shot and killed three workers in a UPS facility in San Francisco. Again, I didn’t see that news on the main page of any big news websites. I wasn’t aware of the incident until I saw it the next day on page two of a newspaper.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 354 workplace shootings in 2015, a 15% increase from the prior year. Unfortunately, these occurrences are no longer national news worthy, but remain a huge issue for workplaces across North America. I think it’s a good idea to revisit some basic preventative guidelines for creating a culture of workplace safety, as developed by the US Department of Labor:

• Promote sincere, open and timely communication among managers, employees, and union representatives
• Offer opportunities for professional development
• Fostering a family-friendly work environment
• Maintain mechanisms for complaints and concerns and allowing them to be expressed in a non-judgmental forum that includes timely feedback to the initiator
• Promote “quality of life” issues such as facilities and job satisfaction
• Maintain impartial and consistent discipline for employees who exhibit improper conduct and poor performance

You can see the full report, including security ideas, here.