Cold, Hard, Realistic Facts


Written & Copyrighted By Robert D. Sollars

This post is a simple way of informing you of the danger that everyone is in when they go to work. It doesn’t matter where you work, because the insidiousness of workplace violence (WPV) will invade it sooner or later. These may be a bit overwhelming to comprehend all at one time so…keep reading them over & over until they digest through your mind.

For some people, it may be too much, with the coronavirus still on the prowl. But I will tell you front & center…the longer we work from home and are isolated…the longer kids stay at home and learn virtually…the longer this goes on…the more likely a violet incident will beg to be let in your door. Unfortunately, there will be no option to close and lock that door at that point.

  • 17% of all workplace deaths are attributed to WPV
  • 89% of all healthcare workers have reported being bullied, harassed, threatened, or assaulted.
  • 61% of those incidents were because of patients or their family members
  • Between 7 and 12% of all assaults are committed by co-workers
  • Approximately 9.5% of incidents occur because of a work dispute
  • 9% of WPV is committed by customers
  • The #2 cause of death in the workplace is murder
  • Murder is the #1 cause of death for women in the workplace
  • 40% of all murders in the workplace involving women are related to domestic violence
  • Domestic violence will cause between $3 billion and $5 billion annually in lost productivity, absenteeism, and healthcare costs
  • 3 – 4 women are murdered by their significant other on a daily basis
  • 52% of employees have witnessed, experienced, or heard about an incident of WPV (study by Allied-Universal in 2011)
  • 29% who did witness violence say they never reported it (study 2011 Allied-Universal)
  • ONLY 17% of workers believe their employers have a high interest in preventing WPV (study 2011 Allied-Universal)
  • 46% of all perpetrators will commit suicide
  • 290 people committed suicide in the workplace without killing anyone else (2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Minimum of $50,000 to clean up and replace equipment in the facility – average cost.
  • $5.6 million per employee killed in the incident, on average
  • $1.2 million for every occurrence of inadequate security
  • $45 million awarded to 2 families from a fatal incident at the Kraft Foods plant in Philadelphia in 2015
  • $45,000 per employee for psychological treatment for trauma after the incident
  • $20,000 to recruit another employee, at a bare minimum
  • 50% – 66% of employees will quit due to the incident
  • 100% of companies have experienced a form of workplace violence
  • 25% of employees view their jobs as the main cause of stress
  • 55% of employees in retail have experienced a verbal assault
  • 20% of employees have experienced bullying & harassment.
  • 75% of employees believe their job is more stressful than a generation ago
  • Ex-employees come back, usually, within six months to commit their ‘rampage’ (although some have waited for more than a decade)
  • 52 percent of employees have witnessed, experienced, or heard about an event that could lead to violence
  • 70% of companies have no plans to deal with it
  • 29% who do witness violence say they never report it
  • 866people are murdered while at work every year
  • 50% of all employees a year are threatened or harassed
  • 52% of all incidents of WPV involve workers in health care/social services
  • 10% of employees a year are assaulted, either verbally or physically
  • 48% of perpetrators will commit suicide, by their own hand or police
  • $120 billion to American business yearly
  • 2% of total non-fatal lost work time injuries are by assault.
  • $4.2 billion in costs to American businesses per year in missed days of work and legal costs
  • 33%- 66% of employees will leave due to the incident
  • $50,000, at a minimum, to clean up and replace office supplies and furniture
  • 6 – 8 weeks for productivity to get back to 100%, can your office or facility wait that long with the economy as it is?
  • 27,000 lost-time injuries, at a minimum, per year

I May Be Blind, but My Vision Is Crystal Clear

Copyright 2020 Robert D. Sollars

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