Employee Violence Essay

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Employee Violence

INTRODUCTION:

When we hear the word violence, many of us think about crime in the streets. This paper will focus on workplace violence committed by employees. Today more than 1,000 Americans are murdered on the job every year, 32% more than annual average in the 80’s (Toufexis 36). It is very hard for people to imagine that their job site can be a potential target for violence. To some people their job is like their second home. Employees who suffer stress, are terminated from work, under paid, or who have problems with management/co-workers are the ones more likely to engage in workplace violence. Over the past twenty years, many employers especially public organizations have been victims of workplace violence.
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Most incidents that have occurred are because employees are fired from work and employees retaliate. Twelve years ago, a workplace incident at a postal office received some much publicity that it awakened many employers. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, "An enraged part-time mail carrier named Patrick Sherill walked into the Edmond, Okla., post office August 20, 1986, and killed 14 co-workers before shooting himself to death (Roan 7). This was the case of an employee who had not been fired from work but had been asked to improve his work performance.

Although males are usually the perpetrators of violence, there are also incidents of females who engage in workplace violence. In the Los Angeles County Department of Children’s Service in January 1993, a female social worker who had been fired from her job in Santa Fe Springs 12 months previously, walked into her former office unimpeded and shot a supervisor who participated in the decision to let her go (Baron 21). There have been cases were inappropriate remarks, threats, and verbal harassment towards management or other co-workers were not taken seriously. Larry Hansel, an employee of Elgar Corporation had once mumbled that the two killings that occurred at the post office in Escondido, California could happen anywhere (Baron 13). Co-workers and supervisors at Elgar Corporation had forewarnings that were not taken seriously. Hansel was involved in the two killings of two co-workers because he was

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