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Workplace Violence

Violence  in the workplace has become more prevalent in recent years. There have been high-profile incidents of former or current employees going committing egregious acts. Many of these actions are in response to some traumatic event, such as termination of employment.

According to the Workplace Violence Research Institute, violence in the workplace is characterized by a hostile environment created by any actions against an employee, which results in physical or psychological harm. Some common violent acts include intimidation, harassment, physical assaults, abusive language, and blackmail.

Many times, IT managers will notice erratic behavior by troubled employees during the process of applying progressive discipline, as well as during and after the termination of employees. Every manager and professional should be aware of the signs of potential workplace violence.


Homicide is the leading cause of workplace death among females and workers under 18 years of age.

- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

For some employees, work is a disproportionately important part of their lives. There needs to be a balance between work-life and personal-life. Many IT organizations have personnel who put in exorbitant amounts of work-time that is unnecessary to accomplish a normal day's work for their job function. They are usually overprotective of "their" work and responsibilities, more of a loner, and do not work well in a team environment.

The above book excerpt is from:

You're Fired! Firing Computer Professionals

The IT manager Guide for Terminating "With Cause"

ISBN 0-9744486-4-8

Robert Papaj

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