In the last five years, over five hundred people on average were murdered each year at work in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Consequently, homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in America.
Incidents such as the recent shooting spree at a Southern California Edison building in Irwindale, California that result in multiple deaths continue to occur and no one knows exactly why. The new documentary “Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal” explores potential causes of this disturbing phenomenon. The film investigates the socio-economic and psychological factors that may bring a seemingly normal person to the point of committing mass murder.
What are the most common causes of workplace violence? Who, if anyone, is responsible for preventing violence at work? Should employers take more preventative measures to reduce violent acts committed by employees?
Gary Namie, PhD, Consultant, Author, Researcher; National Director at Healthy Workplace Campaign; Director at Workplace Bullying Institute and President at Work Doctor, Inc.