New Report on Workplace Violence

1 out of 7 Americans do not feel safe at work, according to new data from SHRM—the Society for Human Resource Management.

About a quarter say there has been at least one incident of workplace violence at their current place of employment.

Almost one-third of American workers and almost one out of five HR professionals said they were currently unsure or didn’t know what to do if they witnessed or were involved in an incident of workplace violence.

According to the report, 90% of HR professionals say their organization has a process for identifying potential or current employees with a history of violence—mainly through background checks and employment or personal reference checks.

According to OSHA, workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.

According to the research, U.S. workers feel safer when employers provide programs on workplace violence prevention and training response.

More employees know how to react to an incident if their company already has a workplace violence prevention and/or employee response training program.