By Rich Cordivari, Vice President of National Accounts Business Development, AlliedBarton Security Services
Violence in the home can lead to violence in the workplace. Employees are at risk for facing workplace violence where they, or their co-workers, are experiencing domestic violence situations. A violent spouse or significant other can come to the workplace to check up on, harass, threaten, or act out against their partner.
According to a 2005 survey conducted by the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, workplace violence as a result of domestic violence is not an uncommon circumstance. The survey found that 44 percent of full-time working male and female respondents had personally experienced the impact of domestic violence in the workplace, most frequently because a co-worker was a victim. In fact, it is estimated that the annual cost of lost productivity in the workplace from domestic violence equals $727.8 million.
However, there are ways to help those in need and reduce the risk of personally experiencing domestic violence in the workplace, whether it is threatening you or a co-worker.
Help in the Workplace
o Being late to work when the employee is normally on time, or taking time off from a normal schedule.
o Coming to work with unexplained injuries such as bruises, fractures, sprains, etc.
o Suddenly avoiding interaction with co-workers or management.
o Seeming upset for no apparent reason or showing other emotions that cannot be explained at work.
o Constantly receiving phone calls during work hours from their spouse or partner
o Unexplained, surprise visits from a spouse or partner.
o Poor or unsatisfactory work when work had been satisfactory previously.
As an employee, you can make a tremendous difference by simply bringing up domestic violence in the workplace and talking about it at work, even if you do not think a situation currently is happening. If your place of employment provides any type of training on domestic or workplace violence situations, be sure to participate and encourage others to do the same. By becoming more knowledgeable about the potential situations, you will be able to better handle them if and when they do occur.
Rich Cordivari is the vice president of National Accounts Business Development at AlliedBarton Security Services. He previously served as the vice president of Learning & Development there. AlliedBarton provides highly trained security personnel to many industries, including higher education, commercial real estate, health care, residential communities, chemical/petrochemical, government, manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, and shopping centers. For more information, visit http://www.AlliedBarton.com/workplaceviolence.