Workplace 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