Detecting and Preventing Workplace Violence

Schedule Monday, March 4, 2024 || 10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT
Duration 90 Mins
Level Basic & Advanced
Webinar ID IQW24C0377

What are the indicia of potential workplace violence supervisors should look for:

  • Alcohol abuse 
  • Drug abuse 
  • Impaired judgment 
  • Emotional difficulties 
  • Financial problems 
  • Legal problems 
  • Strained family relations 
  • Occupational failure 
  • Threats 
  • Absenteeism 
  • Deterioration of personal appearance, attitude, and behavior 
  • Deterioration of interpersonal relations 
  • Inefficiency 

How to document incidents of workplace violent outburst:

  • Record incidents promptly; 
  • Indicate date, time, and location; 
  • Detail the behavior; 
  • List all persons and work products involved; 
  • Identify the performance standards and disciplinary rules violated; 
  • Record the consequences of the action; 
  • Record management's response; and 
  • Record the employee's reaction to management's response. 

Training managers and administrators to react to workplace violence:

  • Dealing with the distraught employee 
  • Handling a workplace altercation
  • Active shooter training

Overview of the webinar

No sooner did America emerge from the pandemic and Americans return to their workplaces than a rash of workplace shootings and other acts of violence tainted the return.  In the first week of 2023, two people were killed at a McDonalds in Searcy, Ark., and three people were shot and wounded at a Walmart in Chicago, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit data collection group based in Washington, D.C.

Bottom line, preventing workplace violence has never been more urgent than it is today.  This webinar, presented by labor and employment attorney Dr. Jim Castagnera will cover the full spectrum of techniques and tactics for detected and preventing employees’ violent outburst.

Who should attend?

  • HR,
  • In-house counsel
  • Chief financial officers
  • Affirmative action officers
  • Compliance officers
  • Internal auditors

Why should you attend?

How workplace violence can be classified:

  • Violence by emotionally enraged persons;
  • Violence by an angry spouse or relative of an employee;
  • Random violence;
  • Violence against law enforcement or security; or
  • Terrorism and hate crimes.

What are the common characteristics of persons who commit workplace violence:

  • A history of violence
  • Psychosis
  • Romantic obsession
  • Chemical dependence
  • Depression
  • Paranoia or being a pathological blamer
  • Impaired neurological functioning
  • Elevated frustration with work environment
  • Interest in or obsession with weapons
  • Personality disorder

Faculty - Dr.Jim Castagnera

 Dr. Jim Castagnera holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University, and a J.D. and Ph.D. (American Studies) from Case Western Reserve University. He worked 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing and 23 years as associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University, where in 2018 he received the university’s highest annual award for distinguished service. He also did stints as a full-time law professor at UT-Austin and Widener University Law School.

Having retired from Rider in 2019, he is engaged in a portfolio of activities: President of Dr. Jim’s One-Stop HR Shop, a freelance writing, webinar and training company in the HR space; Partner with Portum Group International LLC, an educational and training organization in the data-privacy and compliance space; Of Counsel to the Wilftek, a law firm specializing in IP; an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University.


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