Do most still think that it is not a matter of HR after recent unfortunate events? It is not one's favorite topic by choice, but it is a sad reality that we have to face as a society, a workplace, and a community of HR.
HR and Violence? Can HR Do it All?
Some numbers are chilling according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): the number one cause of workplace death has been violence over the last 15 years; and this being more predominant in the retail industry. Whereas a 2012 SHRM workplace violence survey reported 36% of workplace violence, the Retail industry alone recorded some form of crime in 85% of workplace violence. Although there is little that the employer can do to prevent workplace violence, plans and policies should be in place and training provided, accordingly.