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Given the recent mass shootings and physical violence we have all heard about, it is important to look at the implications this could have on workplaces. Persistent workplace aggression in and of itself is a form of violence. However, most often it manifests as verbal, psychological, and/or emotional. Yet when persistent workplace aggression is not addressed adequately organizations are at risk for intensified violence. This could include physical violence. The term “going postal” is associated with deadly violence aimed at the work place and so we know that these things do in fact occur.

It is difficult to comprehend that aggression happens in the workplace at all, let alone that it could lead to physical violence and even death. However, long term persistent workplace aggression takes a toll on everyone, especially aggressors and targets. Both aggressors and targets are at risk for perpetrating violence, especially when the aggression is ignored and not addressed.

Although targets frequently internalize the abuse by taking it out on themselves, they are not immune from perpetrating violence on others. All targets have a breaking point. After enduring long periods of mistreatment without being taken seriously, lashing out at others may seem like the only option.

Aggressors, on the other hand, are more likely to react violently when they are confronted and held accountable for their workplace aggression. Aggressors are a custom to being in control and getting away with abusing others. They are not use to having their own behavior scrutinized. As such, reacting violently against the organization may be their solution when they are accused of workplace abuse.

Unfortunately, these incidences of mass violence are increasing with more and more intensity. In this day and age, organizations need to be hyper vigilant in order to protect their workers and to keep everyone safe. Organizations need to take persistent workplace aggression seriously and ensure that it stops once allegations are made.  If not, serious risk for increased workplace violence occurs, which unfortunately as the news dictates can result in extreme harm for people. Workplace violence can be prevented and we all have a responsibility to guarantee that this happens. Let’s all make a commitment to stop workplace violence.


If you or someone you know is experiencing persistent workplace aggression, please contact me at jankircher@jankircher.com or (320) 309-2360. You can also visit my website at www.jankircher.com. Help is out there!! We can stop workplace violence.


 


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Violence is common in many countries and Physical violence is very bad and its common for women as a wife. In Asia side is trend but Islam give the equal rights of women. And we should give the respect of women and women is playing important roll in life.

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