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It is a sad commentary on the workplace that just about every employer needs to consider adding a workplace violence policy.
Just a few weeks ago, Jeffrey Johnson walked into the offices of his former employer and shot an ex-supervisor that he had been having problems with. And when people found out that it was an act of workplace violence -- and not terrorism -- the murder seemed to be less shocking, reports Inside Counsel.
Perhaps it's due to this increasingly commonplace nature of office shootings, that every employer should now consider adding workplace violence policies similar to how they have policies for truly everyday events like meal breaks and leaves of absence.
Adding a workplace violence policy to your company handbook takes very little effort and costs your company almost nothing. However, the potential benefits are immeasurable.
If you decide to add a workplace violence policy, some common provisions to consider, as reported by Inside Counsel, include:
A workplace violence policy is not a guarantee against all workplace violence. However, adding a policy is relatively cheap, and your company probably cannot afford not to have one.