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April 23, 2018

Increase Workplace Wellness to Decrease Workplace Violence

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Workplace violence remains a real and increasing threat to America’s workforce. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately two million workers are victims of workplace violence every year and this number is increasing. Even more alarming is that homicide is the fourth-leading cause of workplace deaths. In addition to the human toll, estimates put the total economic cost of workplace violence at over $55 billion.

In response, companies have almost universally instituted policies prohibiting any type of workplace violence—including inappropriate language, sexual harassment and bullying—to stem this tide. While these measures have undoubtedly had a positive impact in reducing the levels of some workplace violence, it is clear from the statistics that they don’t go far enough. In my view as a healthcare attorney, business owner and specialist in proactive, preventative healthcare, these policies miss the mark by primarily aiming to control the symptoms of workplace violence rather than addressing the underlying issues that contribute to it.

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