38-year-old Jimmy Lam, a supposed UPS employee, was identified as the gunman who killed three men and wounded two others at a UPS facility in San Francisco and then killed himself, early on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
Workplace violence is becoming an epidemic throughout the world and in America in particular. Recent statistics by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows a significant gender variant in workplace violence incidents.
Dr. Henry Bello walked into his former place of employment, the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Thursday, June 30, in the early afternoon, and opened fire from an AR-15 assault rifle, killing one doctor and injuring six others, including other doctors.
A response to violence in progress or immediately evolving threats at work is different from a response to potential threats. Employees and management should learn to differentiate between the two and to respond appropriately.
Terminating an employee can be traumatic for the employee, and a difficult task for managers, supervisors, and HR professionals. Beyond normal terminations, terminating an employee that may respond violently requires special attention and special preparations.
Incomplete or incorrect handling of the termination process of a violent employee may result in dire consequences, physically, psychologically, legally and financially. The guidance of a professional in the preparation for such proceedings can prevent significant complications down the road.