While it’s not possible to prevent all violence that occurs on the job, this talk by one of our counselors offers seven principles for workplace violence best prevention practices.

The recent brutal execution style murder of journalists on live TV shocked the world. For HR managers, the violence was particularly chilling – the killer was a disgruntled ex-employee with a long history of work grievances. In his job at WDBJ-TV, he had been placed on a progressive discipline plan and was referred to the organization’s EAP. When behavior and performance issues escalated, he was fired from his position some two and a half years ago. It was a troubling termination that required the involvement of security. In this series of clips, WDBJ-TV station manager talks about the employment issues.

While it’s not possible to prevent all workplace violence, the right policies and plans can help to minimize the likelihood. In response to these recent troubling events, we’ve gathered several resources, including ESI EAP’s video presentation on workplace violence: Seven Best Practices for Avoiding Workplace Violence.

Here are some additional violence prevention resources:

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