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Workplace Violence by Kim Kerr

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5

WORKPLACE CULTURE THAT MAY BREED VIOLENCE

INTRODUCTION

Much has been written about the early warning signs and corporate complacency that often escalate and result in violence. It’s obvious that if an organization believed an incident could happen, the management would take every precaution and make every effort possible to address and diffuse any and all threats of violence and prepare a thorough response plan just in case. So the first symptom of an unhealthy and unprepared organization is denial. Emerson wrote, “What you are, sir, speaks so loudly that I can hardly hear what you say.” With regard to the organizational culture, tone, words, phrases, and even gestures have tremendous impact. However, the language used and accepted as part ...

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