Nebraska employers are taking notice of Wednesday’s tragedy in Roanoke, Virginia after an apparent disgruntled former employee took his frustration out on two former co-workers. Many businesses are in a similar situation where they question whether a current employee has the potential of violent behavior. David Owens is a former district attorney and says there are steps companies can take to protect others.
Owens says, “The person should first be sent to anger management counseling and evaluated by a licensed professional to see what issues may be simmering below the surface. If that does reveal there are potential harmful or violent tendencies then terminating the employee may be a course of action.”
Owens says some states do allow counseling as a provision in an employee contract and if they don’t comply they also face termination. Owen says if you are terminating believed to be potentially violent law enforcement or building security should be notified.
Workplace violence is nothing an employer can afford to ignore. Statistics show there were nearly 400 workplace murders in 2013 alone.