Preventing Workplace Violence: A Guide for Employers and Practitioners / Edition 1

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This book, through an examination of a number of representative real world cases,

provides a detailed look at what happened to some companies and traditional tools

for occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations now used by business and labour leaders are inadequate and inappropriate in responding to the problems of workplace violence. In fact, the methods and approaches commonly in use actually worsen the problem in some cases.

The book summarizes the most up-to-date learning in this area and offers practical guidance and recommendations for assessing the risk of violence, steps for preventing workplace violence, and a through discussion of employees rights and employer's responsib

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Benefits and Compensations Solutions
"Providing employees with a safe work environment should be of paramount concern to the HR executive and this one you cannot affort to miss." — Joan Quinlan
Benefits and Compensations Solutions - Joan Quinlan
"Providing employees with a safe work environment should be of paramount concern to the HR executive and this one you cannot affort to miss."
Argues that the traditional tools of occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations are no longer adequate to keep workers docile, and in fact may often rile people up. Summarizes newer techniques for assessing the risk of violence and taking steps to prevent it, and includes sample survey and audit instruments. Also reviews employee rights and employer responsibilities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761906155
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/16/1998
  • Series: Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior Series, #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Braverman is a clinical psychologist and organizational consultant who specializes in corporate crisis management and employment issues related to mental health, work-related stress, organizational change, and conflict and violence in the workplace. Dr. Braverman has worked with private corporations, government agencies and public entities across the globe in the prevention, response, mitigation and recovery from disasters, violence and potentially business-ending crises — providing training, policy development, and acute crisis intervention services.

Dr. Braverman is an internationally recognized expert in the field of traumatic stress and its effect on individuals in disasters, mass violence, organizational change, conflict, and critical incidents. Dr. Braverman has consulted to municipalities, private corporations, government and non-governmental agencies, unions and public entities across the globe in the prevention, response, mitigation and recovery from disasters, violence and potentially business-ending crises. He has lectured and published extensively on disaster psychology, crisis management, occupational and community mental health, and violence prevention.

Dr. Braverman has consulted to and trained Federal Agencies, including HHS, NIOSH, IRS, EPA, NTSB and NLRB on workplace violence policy, workplace traumatic stress, and occupational health issues. In 1992 he testified before a joint United States Congressional Subcommittee on the causes of violence in the U.S. Postal Service.

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Table of Contents

Show Me the Profile
A Day in the Life of a Violence Consultant
The Crisis of Work
Who Is the Violent Employee?
A Post Office Tragedy
A Modern Witch Hunt
When Systems Fail
The Case of the Frightened Manager
Doesn't He Fit the Profile?' The Case of Roger
He's on His Way, and He's Got a Gun!
Domestic Violence Comes to the Workplace
The Legal Conundrum
What Is the Employer's Duty?
Workplace Violence and Labor Relations
From Battleground to Collaboration
Assessing the Risk of Violence
Know Your Questions!
Seven Steps to Workplace Violence Prevention

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2000

    The best book on the subject.

    I conduct threat assessments and fitness-for-duty evaluations of potentially violent employees. Consequently, I've read many books on the subject, seeking to expand my knowledge. Dr. Braverman's book is the most informative, readable, and practical text available. I recommend it highly to HR professionals, Occupational Health physicians and nurses, employment lawyers (don't be offended by some of Dr. Braverman's constructive criticism of too-conservative corporate counsel!), Employee Assistance professionals, union officials, security officers, anyone who worries about a co-worker's potential for violence--or anyone who has been accused of threatening violence on the job. If more employers took Dr. Braverman's advice, workplace homicides and other forms of violence (e.g., assualts, harassment, hostile work environment, threats, intimidation) would decrease, employee stress would diminish, and worker productivity would improve.

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