• One-size-fits-all approach
  • Rigidity
  • Inflexibility
  • Denial of problem
  • Lack of communication with key parties
  • Lack of collaboration
  • Ignoring respect
  • Lack of clear written policy
  • Lack of careful evaluation of job applicants
  • No documentation
  • Lack of awareness of cultural/diversity issues
  • Passing around “bad apples”
  • Lack of an organization-wide commitment to safety

As the attention to the issue has grown, occupational safety specialists and other analyst have broadly agreed that responding to workplace violence requires attention to more than just an actual physical attack. Homicide and other physical assaults are on a continuum that also include domestic violence, stalking, threats, harassment, bullying, emotional abuse, intimidation, and other forms of conduct that create anxiety, fear, and a climate of distrust in the workplace.


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