Workplace Violence – Impact by the Numbers

By December 14, 2017 Workplace Violence

workplace violenceWorkplace violence incidents are on the rise.  This increase in frequency exacts a huge toll on both employees and employers by impacting workers, co-workers, family members, companies, shareholders, clients, and communities. These incidents, affect physical and psychological well being, productivity, morale, ethics, direct and indirect costs*, and, in some cases, the very survival of people and organizations.

Definition of Workplace Violence: Any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite (OSHA).

Impact by the Numbers:

  • Affected directly by workplace violence (annually): ~2 million people
  • About 30% of all violence-caused fatalities in the workplace occur in management and sales positions
  • 16,910 cases of non-fatal assaults and violent acts, requiring days away from work in private industry (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Non-fatal incidents = more than 1 million (reported)
  • Victims: workers, co-workers, clients, community, company, shareholders, family members
  • Cost to businesses: ~$130 Billion
  • Lost workdays: ~1.8 workdays (0.5 million workers)
  • Average out-of-court settlement for workplace violence lawsuit = ~$500,000
  • Average workplace violence jury award = $3,000,000
  • Cost of a single workplace homicide = $250,000 – $1,000,000
  • Decreased productivity = 50%, 6-18 weeks, 20-40% employee turnover
  • Negligence lawsuits awards = ~$2,000,000

 Negligence-Related Liability: Employers may be held liable if they negligently hired an employee; negligently trained an employee; and/or negligently supervised an employee.

The best antidote to workplace violence is professional prevention. Call TAL Global’s workplace violence experts to discuss your special needs at +1 (408) 993 1300

Sources: US DOJ Workplace Violence Special Report; US DoL, BLS; OSHA; Safety Center Inc.; NIOSH; Workplace Violence 911

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