Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Workplace Violence Takes its’ Toll

VIOLENCE 300FRANKFORT, KY (1/12/13) – Workplace Violence is taking a huge toll on productivity of America’s workforce, according to Lt. Robert Carter of the Madisonville, KY Police Department.
 
Carter, speaking to the Madisonville Rotary Club Wednesday, said that 15% of America’s workforce has experienced abusive behavior in the work place. And, these statistics may not be reflective of the total problem because many incidents are not reported. Carter stated that the one to two million reported incidents each year may not tell the entire story. Many victims do not report incidents for fear of retaliation by the offending party or even the employer.
 
Employers are reluctant to take preventive actions thinking that “it’s someone else’s problem”. Carter said that the “Better thee than me” syndrome plays into our thinking. “We think that the problem will always happen to others and not to us.” Carter said.
 
This thinking may not be a prevalent with the Madisonville Rotary Club since one of the members was violently attacked by an employee. The employee attacked with an iron pipe and broke both arms of his boss. Fortunately, other employees were able to restrain the attacker before more serious injuries. CLICK HERE < http://surfky.com/index.php/component/content/article/55-local-hopkins-top-news/23069-local-company-president-assaulted-by-employee > to see the original article.
 
Lt. Carter said that employers should be proactive to protect employees and to allay employee fears. Surveys have revealed that 20% of employees are fearful on a daily basis. Carter said that this fear results in reduced productivity costing employers millions of dollars each year. Employers also face liability issues with workplace violence.
 
Carter said that there are actions that employers can take to reduce workplace violence. The Madisonville Police Department is providing training for employers and supervisors to identify and prevent problems leading to workplace violence. Employers can contact MPD to schedule training.

For employers not served by the Madisonville Police Department, they can check with their local law enforcement agencies to see if the services are available in your area.
 
For those not served, Lt. Carter said that workplace violence is usually the result of unresolved issues that start on a much more beguine level and escalate:
 
1. Gossiping – Gossiping can destroy morale in a workplace. Persons caught up as the target of “gossiping circles” may react in a violent manner.
 
2. Teasing – Teasing or other innocent jokes. Some people do not like to be teased. They may have low self-esteem or other issues. Often the teaser or teasers, realizing this vulnerability increase the level of teasing. The person being teased may feel trapped and vulnerable and react with violence.
 
3. Violation of Personal Space – Some people like to intimidate others by violation of the other person’s personal space. The person violated may feel threatened and react in a violent manner.
 
4. Harassment – A person constantly harassed or pestered may suddenly have too much and snap. A violent reaction may occur.
 
Lt. Carter said that employers should be looking for such behavior and should adopt a “Zero Tolerance”. The Zero Tolerance should include Horseplay, and Harassment. Employers should train employees and make them aware of possible consequences of Gossiping, Teasing and Violation of Personal Space.
 
While there is no perfect solution to workplace violence, Lt. Carter believes that there are many tools that employers can use to keep their people safer and reduce the fear of workplace violence.
 
Ron Sanders
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
2/18 - 553 clicks
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
2/18 - 553 clicks
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
2/18 - 553 clicks
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
Genovese - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=35646&sub= Lewis - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=bracken_lewis Holt - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=drholt Napier - http://www.mchky.org/getpage.php?name=dr.napier_page Newman - http://www.mchky.org/staff/bio.php?doc_id=50353
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
Posted on 1/31/2014
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
447 on Feb 15th (Val ad ended) switched to kid books
2/18 - 553 clicks
CHANGED TO SIMPLE AD ON 2/19 619 HITS

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 19839

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 17, 2014 4493

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 16, 2014 3478

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 17, 2014 3304

Meet The Hopkins County Magistrate…

in News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 16, 2014 2031

Rand Paul - 'We Need a New President'

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 17, 2014 4493

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 18, 2014 1218

Talking Teen Trashed Telephone Pole,…

in Top Stories by MPD
April 18, 2014 980

Earlington Traffic Stop Results in Meth…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 19, 2014 922

Fifth Third on Main Street Comes Down

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 17, 2014 784

Center Street-Island Ford Connector in…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 16, 2014 1302

New Home Health Care Opens in Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 18, 2014 1288

Daviess County School Board Hears…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 18, 2014 1254

One Arrested, Another Injured in Single…

in News by J.D. Marksberry
April 16, 2014 1076

DCPS to Celebrate National Volunteer Week

in News by Lora Wimsatt
April 17, 2014 339

Owensboro Public Works Declares 'War on…

in Top Stories by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 16, 2014 3478

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 17, 2014 1686

Bremen Man Charged for Possession of…

in Top Stories by Muhlenberg Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 16, 2014 1681

South Carrollton Woman Injured in Head-on…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 17, 2014 1507

Watson Family Tragedy Inspires Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 16, 2014 1493

Three Injured in Kentucky 70 Collision

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03