Written by Robert D. Sollars
- Inconsistent Work Habits/Decreased Productivity
What does this actually mean, besides getting the job accomplished? If the work habits of an individual are erratic and inconsistent from day-to-day, or even hour-to-hour on some occasions, then there may be an issue with them. Likewise, if their production rate is from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the scale then…
Examples are; a student has sloppy homework and the next day it is cleaned up and is nearly flawless, the next day it’s back to being horrid. The same holds true for productivity, if an employee is a rising star one day because they were on top of the heap and the next day, no other reason than laziness or some such, then…
These can be signs of not just violent behavior brewing, but depression, anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, personal issues with parents, significant others, friends, and even drug & alcohol abuse.
- Mental Illness
This is one that I will not comment on in-depth, simply because it will take much more room than is possible in this post…check out my book, Murder at Work: A Practical Guide for Prevention there are 4 pages dedicated to this topic. The best I can say is if you think that an individual has a mental issue, then you need to discuss your fears with administration/management and have them referred for evaluation…somehow somewhere.
- New Religious/Political Fervor
This may be a surprise to most everyone who is reading this. Being realistic it is rare for new religious fervor to erupt into violence, except in the case of an Islamic extremist, but even Christian extremists can, and will, perpetrate these crimes. Political fervor is an entirely different kettle of fish. In the presidential election of 2016 and continuing until now, people who are so divided by politics are willing to perpetrate violence against others, simply for having a differing opinion. We see it in the arson of campaign headquarters and the assault of individuals from the other side, and then there are the thugs who bully, threaten, and even assault their so-called aggressors.
Obsession with Military/Police Tactics
I believe that this one is fairly self-explanatory. If an individual suddenly becomes enamored with military or police methodology and tactics…it could be indicative of a growing issue, especially if they’ve never shown interest before.
During hunting season, it may not be unusual for an individual, tweenager, teenager, or adult to become involved in planning their hunting expedition, so that it sounds like they’re ready to invade another country. Sometimes, people get that wild-eyed look in their eyes with a faraway look, during those daydreams & fantasies about nabbing that 10-point buck.
It happens to Anyone…Any Time… Anywhere… For any Reason
I May Be Blind, but My Vision Is Crystal Clear
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