Preventing Workplace Violence: A Guide for Employers and Practitioners

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Preventing Workplace Violence provides a detailed look at how traditional tools for occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations are inadequate and inappropriate in responding to the problem of workplace violence. In fact, the methods and approaches commonly in use actually worsen the problem in some cases. This 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 ...
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Overview

Preventing Workplace Violence provides a detailed look at how traditional tools for occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations are inadequate and inappropriate in responding to the problem of workplace violence. In fact, the methods and approaches commonly in use actually worsen the problem in some cases. This 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 thorough discussion of employee rights and employer responsibilities. Highly recommended for employers, managers, union leaders, attorneys, consultants, and others who confront the issue of violence in the workplace.
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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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"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."

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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

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Show Me the Profile: A Day in the Life of a Violence Consultant 1
2 The Crisis of Work 6
3 Who is the Violent Employee? 16
4 A Post Office Tragedy 28
5 A Modern Witch Hunt 41
6 When Systems Fail: The Case of the Frightened Manager 55
7 "Doesn't He Fit the Profile?" The Case of Roger 70
8 He's on His Way, and He's Got a Gun! Domestic Violence Comes to the Workplace 84
9 The Legal Conundrum: What Is the Employer's Duty? 91
10 Workplace Violence and Labor Relations: From Battleground to Collaboration 101
11 Assessing the Risk of Violence: Know Your Questions! 109
12 Seven Steps to Workplace Violence Prevention 124
Afterword 135
App. A A Sample Policy 139
App. B: Resources for Further Study 143
References 145
Index 147
About the Author 157
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