Leo Tolstoy said, “All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.” In the wake of recent acts of workplace violence in Virginia, I am being forced to face difficult emotions, and this is something I do not want to do. These types of events make me apprehensive while riding the train, walking down crowded streets, and entering our building. Violence of any kind causes us to rethink the assumptions we make about everyday things and everyday people. You think you know your coworkers, but how well do you really know the people you work with?
Workplace violence is a serious problem that employers must be prepared to address. One of the best ways to prevent violence in your workplace is to establish a supportive environment that fosters open and honest communication. This can be done by committing to thoughtful selection of employees, training on workplace expectations, and compassionate supervision.
One of the best ways to deal with a potentially violence workplace scenario is to utilize your Employee Assistance Program. As a leading provider of EAP services, we are here to help and offer strategies to ensure that your workplace remains safe. Employee Assistance Professionals are trained to:
- Consult with management and human resources to create a workplace violence policy
- Train supervisors and human resources to notice warning signs
- Educate on signs & symptoms of domestic violence
- Screen and assess potentially violent employees
Educating employees at all levels of the organization about the EAP benefit and how it can help shows an employer’s concern for its most valuable resources – its people. People like you and me, whose problems can sometimes become unmanageable and don’t know where to turn.