No organization immune from violence (Guest Commentary)

Violence can’t be eliminated but employers can minimize chances for flare-ups
By Colin Finlay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2012

Workplaces are not immune from violence. Too often, we hear stories about workers, customers or students who returned to an organization to kill themselves, others or both.

Yet, too many people regard these incidents as nothing to be concerned about because “it wouldn’t happen here.” Or they dismiss it because the people who committed the acts were “crazy to begin with and would never get hired here.”

But that’s a dangerous path. Employers and HR professionals have to collectively decide what they’re going to do to reduce violence in their organizations.