Fashionable vs. unfashionable workplace violence?

January 23rd, 2004 by Julie Ferguson

Workplace violence is the second leading cause of worker deaths – and the top cause among women. Is there “fashionable” and “unfashionable” workplace violence? Jordan Barab makes some strong points on this topic and the idea of profiling as a preventative measure:

“Instead of generating profit-making consultants, unfashionable workplace violence focused on boring issues like staffing levels in institutions, lockdrop safes and windows in retail establishments that left a clear view to the street, and locked doors and security guards for social service agencies. Instead of making money, these preventive measures cost money.

The problem with the fashionable workplace violence, is that it was largely a myth. So-called “worker-on-worker” or “internecine” violence never amounted more than about 7% of all workplace violence, even though it received close to 97% of the press.”

more on workplace violence at Confined Space

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