Essays on Work Place Violence - the United States of America Case Study

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The paper "Work Place Violence - the United States of America" is an outstanding example of a social science case study.   In the current industrious society, many problems have emerged and are facing both the employers and the employees. These problems emanate from the social, political or cultural context, one of the social the problem that has emerged from the social aspect in the current society is workplace violence. Recent reports reveal that exposure to workplace violence is becoming a more serious problem facing many workers in Europe and the rest of the world.

Workplace violence in its definition is the situation that prevails over a period where one or more persons perpetually receive negative actions from others around him (Tepper, B 2007). Many scholars define workplace violence as an aggressive behavior of deliberate intent to cause both physical and psychological distress to other people in an organization (Kieseker& Marchant 1999:63). It takes many forms i. e. intimidation, bullying, aggression, degradation, humiliation and unfair treatment of other people, Hegney et al (2006:3). Workplace violence can also be done verbally, physically, socially or psychologically to the victim who can be a volunteer, a student, intern, casual worker or even permanent employees.

This misconduct can be done in any type of workplace i. e. Offices, shops, restaurants, workshops, cafes, hotels, factories, learning institutions etc. Workplace violence is becoming recognized and causing increasing concern to current employers. Statistics show that this problem has rapidly increased in the last decade all over the world (Mayhew, C, McCarthy, P, Chappell, D, Quinlan, M, Barker, M and Sheehan, M 2004, 2004). The increased violence in organizations has prompted the need of employers to review or change their organizations’ policies and mediation procedures (Kieseker& Marchant 1999:61).

When organizations adjust their rules and regulations, they are keeping in mind that workplace violence is a form of misconduct that should not be tolerated at all. Even trade unions all over the world have agreed that workplace violence is a crucial issue that ought to be addressed by every government. Human resource practitioners and managers have the role of introducing policies and other work procedures that are aimed at reducing this problem in an organization, Hegney et al (2006:3).

Unfortunately, these people themselves are the victims who practice distressful behavior to their employees. When the good procedures and legislations are not put in place to curb this practice, workplace violence behaviour and its associated costs are going to be persistent. This paper concentrates on workplace violence in America. It will show the statistical data related to this behavior, the causes, the impact or cost, and how the stakeholders ought to handle this situation. Studies reveal that about 5-10% of employees in the European nations suffer from exposure to bullying and other forms of workplace violence (Einarsein 2005:1).

The acts of violence at work are even more pronounced in developing nations such as Asian and African countries where there are no good employer and employee policy procedures. Bullying at work exists in both private and public organizations; the victims can be men or women as well as workers and middle-level managers. Many reports point out that workplace bullying is the main source of severe stress among workers nowadays. Einarstein (2005) points out that acts of harassment at work occur often and they are closely related to severe health problems among the workers when they occur regularly.

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