This book, through an examination of a number of representative real world cases, provides a detailed look at what happened to some companies and traditional tools for occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations now used by business and labour leaders are inadequate and inappropriate in responding to the problems of workplace violence. In fact, the methods and approaches commonly in use actually worsen the problem in some cases. The book summarizes the most up-to-date learning in this area and offers practical guidance and recommendations for assessing the risk of violence, steps for preventing workplace violence, and a through discussion of employees rights and employer's responsib

A Modern Witch Hunt

A modern witch hunt

He who believes in the Devil, already belongs to him.

Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus

The cure can be worse than the disease.

Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline

Four hundred years ago in the village of Salem, Massachusetts, 19 people, most of them women, were tried and put to death for being “witches.” The term witch hunt describes the scapegoating of social deviants and other objects of fear throughout the ages. Sadly, it now has visited the modern American workplace, where the term has begun to make an appearance in reference to the fear of violent employees menacing coworkers in the workplace. Witch hunt aptly describes what can happen in the crucibles of conflict, fear, and stress that many of our workplaces have ...

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