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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (320) 309-2360. You can also visit my website at www.jankircher.com. Help is out there!! We can stop workplace violence.