Most acts of violence do
not occur in a vacuum or without warning; there are generally warning signs that
precede the event. The risk of workplace violence can be minimized by careful
observation and documentation of an individual’s behavior, such as:
Boundary Crossing - This includes
pushing the limits of acceptable workplace behavior and continual testing of
Chemical Dependence - upon alcohol
and/or drugs which may create paranoia or aggressive behavior.
History of Violence - This is the
best predictor of violent behavior.
Inconsistent Work Patterns and Attendance Problems
- including periods of very high and very low work productivity, as well as
unexplained or improbable excuses for absences.
Pathological Blaming - People who
cannot take responsibility for their own actions, will not admit wrongdoing, and
always blame others, the college, or the system.
Unusual / Changed Behavior -
including verbal outbursts, inappropriate remarks, and threats such as, “they’ll
situations are often very complex, and you are not expected to handle the
situation without assistance. If you think a workplace violence situation is
developing, you should discuss it with your immediate supervisor or call the
Human Resources Office at campus extension 3425. If this is happening now, call
Campus Safety at campus extension 3229 or the Sheriff’s Department at 9-1-1.
In compliance with the
California Code of Regulations Title 8, the Santa Clarita Community College
District has a workplace violence prevention program. Workshops can be presented
by calling the Human Resources Director at campus extension 3425.