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Readers Find Violence More Common

September 1, 1998
Related Topics: Workplace Violence, The HR Profession, Safety and Workplace Violence, Featured Article

uman Resources professionals are increasingly the targets of violence. The scope of the problem is underscored by the results of a recent survey, in which 1 in 4 respondents has faced some form of aggression at work, and a large majority think the problem is getting worse.

Have you ever been personally threatened by an employee (or ex-employee) with an act of aggression or violence against you, your property, or your family?
Yes: 53% No: 47%

Have you ever personally experienced an act of aggression or violence by an employee (or ex-employee) against you, your property, or your family?
Yes: 24% No: 76%

Does your firm usually provide security guards to accompany managers who deliver "bad news" to employees?
Yes: 17% No: 83%

Do you feel that employees generally exhibit more aggressive and violent behavior than they did five years ago?
Yes: 83% No: 17%

Are you personally fearful that an employee (or ex-employee) might attack you because of something you’ve done in the routine performance of your job?
Yes: 31% No: 69%

Do you think HR managers are at greater risk of experiencing personal acts of aggression or violence than other managers in your firm?
Yes: 71% No: 29%

SOURCE: Workforce reader survey, June 1998.

Workforce, September 1998, Vol. 77, No. 9, p. 22.

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