In his authoritative new guide, Laurence Barton draws on over 30 years’ experience as the world’s leading threat assessor to outline how to prevent, manage and mitigate workplace violence. He shows businesses and organizations of all sizes how to navigate new privacy laws, different management structures and legal considerations in order to take straightforward, practical steps to minimize and ultimately prevent risk.
The Violent Person at Work is an invaluable new handbook for businesses and HR, legal and security professionals worldwide.
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About the Author
After tragedies strike work, school and hospital settings, Dr. Barton is the on-air commentator for CNN, BBC and CNBC. The author of four previous books, he has led employer response to threats of suicidal ideation and retaliation as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. A three-time college president, Dr. Barton was named a Fulbright Scholar to Japan. Today he serves as Distinguished Professor of Crisis Management and Public Safety at the University of Central Florida, USA.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. The Dynamics of Violence @ Work; 2. The Causes of Workplace Violence; 3. Separating the Employee @ Risk; 4. Evaluating Risk Outside the Organization; 5. The Work Environment; 6. Fitness for Duty Evaluations: Complex and Imperative for At-Risk Employees; 7. Behind the Smiles: Hidden Demons and Employees; 8. Extremism @ Work; 9. Clinical Dynamics of Disruptive Employees; Author Q & A; Threat Assessment Guide; Threat Management System; After Suicide Impacts a Workplace; The FBI and Threat Interpretation; Final Thought.
What People are Saying About This
“Dr. Barton is a top authority on assessing and mitigating threats in the workplace. The threat assessment guide included in this book, prepared by Paycom in consultation with Dr. Barton, helps organizations identify potential signs of violence and means to evaluate threats in the workplace. You cannot have too many resources when looking to protect your most valuable asset: your people.” Chad Richison, CEO, PAYCOM
“Threats from violent individuals can arise from current or former employees or customersand their behaviors can be influenced by a range of factors. Larry Barton delivers a major contribution to the literature with unrivalled wisdom. He is, without doubt, the leading authority on workplace violence. This book should be required reading on the topic for both practicing managers and academics alike.” Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Research Professor in Risk and Resilience, University of Glasgow, UK
“Law enforcement agencies turn to Larry Barton for a reason: he understands the incredibly complex challenges associated with identifying people at risk. Having known and worked with Larry for many years, I can attest that this book is distinguished for being both compelling and practicalimportant for anyone who must make difficult decisions in the midst of a pending threat.” Mark Sullivan, Director (Retired), United States Secret Service
“Across the globe, in meetings, conferences and briefings regarding threats of radicalization, terror, lone wolf attacks and others, the one name that consistently emerges is that of Dr. Larry Barton. Few researchers have a depth of knowledge that stretches across borders and regions. He is literally the ‘go to’ person for the world’s largest companies during a crisis for a reason, and this book will help you understand why.” Ken Yamazaki, Chief Executive Officer, Koukesai Security, Japan
“Customers, employees, contractors, former employees: all are important to your success, and each of them are wonderful until that one day when something, or someone, shares a signal. That is an opportunity to respond sensitively and practice sound risk management efforts to keep everyone safe. In this, Larry Barton’s fifth book, he shares the insights and tools that validate why he’s on speed dial to so many employers.” Keith White, Executive Vice President, GAP INC.
“The Violent Person at Work represents one of the few business books to address how those of us working in health care face issues you may never considerit is in the emergency department and medical offices that we often see your employees and our own at risk to harm themselves and others. Larry Barton’s breadth of experience across many disciplines is extraordinary. Be ready for insight that’s hard to find elsewhere.” Deborah German, MD, Dean, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida, USA