Workplace Violence: An Overview
The phenomenon of violence has continued to receive increasing attention in our society. It is not an acute or episodic event, but rather an action resulting from a culmination of a series of failures, disappointments, and problems. Violence is the result of a dynamic process consisting of an interaction of several factors. Workplace violence has become a familiar term in the United States. Beginning in the 1980s workplace violence was primarily managed by corporate or private security. In the early 1990s many company managers began to view workplace violence as a significant issue that required greater attention and a more multidisciplinary approach. Corporate employee assistance programs have a role to support employees who demonstrate problem behavior in the workplace. Workplace violence is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace and second leading cause of death for men. Workplace violence has spawned an increasing number of legal mandates.