Workplace violence can strike at any time, from a co-worker, stranger, customer, client, or personal relationship. Threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening behavior are all examples of workplace violence.
You have the right to work in a safe environment, and we want to assist you in achieving that goal. Here are some tips on how to avoid and defuse violence in the workplace.
- Be familiar with your company’s emergency communication plan as well as how to contact local authorities.
- If you think of how someone could enter your building, and if there is more than one entrance to your office, think about only having one entrance in use. Keep all other doors locked from the outside to control traffic.
- If you use an ID card key or security code to access your building or office, make sure you are not sharing it with others. It’s good practice not to allow piggybacking into the workplace. In other words, every employee should use their own card key for access. This not only controls who gets into the workplace, but it can also account for who is in the workplace if a crisis occurs.