Giving dangerous employees socialization, close supervision can avoid problems

Two UT Arlington management professors argue that employers can prevent workplace violence by keeping dangerous employees positively engaged and closely supervising them to ensure they get the help they need.

James Campbell Quick and M. Ann McFadyen of the College of Business management department analyzed FBI reports, case studies and human resource records to focus on the estimated 1%-3% of employees prone to workplace acts of aggression, such as homicide, suicide or destruction of property.

The team advances the case for “mindfully observing” employees and found that human resources professionals and supervisors can advance health, wellbeing, and performance while averting danger and violence by identifying and managing high-risk employees, anticipating their needs and providing support and resources.

“The cause of these problems are understandable and predictable,” said Quick, a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. “And many times these violent incidents shouldn’t be viewed as random or surprises.”

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I guess firing them is out of the question, since then there might be some true workplace violence.

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