Those of you in management positions are well aware of the dilemma, terminate an employee and risk being sued or keep the potentially violent employee around and risk much more. The solution is deceptively simple… don’t hire the violent employee in the first place. Simple because if the employee isn’t hired to begin with then he ceases to be a problem. Deceptive because many companies wont or don’t believe they can afford to implement screening procedures designed to identify potential problem employees. The following tips and procedures will help you spot potentially violent employees before they become a problem.
- Make sure the company training manual describes in detail conduct that is acceptable as well as unacceptable
-Teach employees to recognize signs of potential violence and that anything they say will be held in the strictest confidence
a) Typically is a white middle aged male
b) Has a high interest in guns and owns a variety of them
c) Has a history of police encounters
d) Tends to be suspicious of others
e) Conduct an in depth background investigation of each potential new hire
f) Investigate any gaps in candidates work history thoroughly
Network Research is available to assist you with workplace violence and in depth background screenings.