12/16/2009 New EmployeeScreenIQ White Paper Urges Companies to Develop Policies Against Workplace Violence

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Article from background screening firm to be followed by January 2010 online panel discussion about preventing employee incidents.

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) December 16, 2009 — A new white paper from EmployeeScreenIQ aims to help employers understand and take steps to address and prevent the growing – but largely ignored – issue of workplace violence.

“Each year over two million incidents of workplace violence occur in the United States, costing businesses $70 billion annually,” said Jason Morris, chief operating officer and author of the paper. “Yet over 70 percent of U.S. companies have no policy or formal program to address employee violence.”

The new paper, “Violence in the Workplace,” is available today from the global background screening provider. It offers a road map to identify the warning signs of a potential threat and to diffuse problems before they escalate.

Despite high-profile shootings such as the Fort Hood massacre and other workplace incidents, most employers fail to address the problem until after an incident has taken place, according to Morris. “Too often, workplace violence is regarded as part of the job and little is done to eliminate it.”

The article also includes:

  • Tips for establishing a safe workplace.
  • The roots and causes of workplace violence.
  • How to spot the warning signs.
  • The benefits of background screenings.
  • Understanding employer liability issues.

The complimentary copy of “Violence in the Workplace” can be downloaded by visiting http://www.employeescreen.com/workplace_violence.asp.

On January 20, 2010, EmployeeScreenIQ will sponsor an online panel discussion about workplace violence, featuring leading experts in the HR industry. For details on speakers and to pre-register, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/876116937.

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