Employers learn about handling violence in the workplace

Employers learn about handling violence in the workplace

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Employers gathered at the St. Bernards Auditorium Wednesday to get advice on how to deal with violence in the workplace.

A lunch and learn was hosted on the topic.

Kathleen McComber is a faculty member at UAMS in the College of Public Health and Webster University.

She talked to employers about warning signs and how to prepare themselves and their employees.

"Developing a program and policy within your organization and just understanding things proactively to hopefully prevent such a horrible incident or be prepared should it happen in the workplace," McComber said.

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, workplace violence incidents have increased by 41% over the past year.

The CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers Beverly Nix said she approached Chris Barber of St. Bernards with the idea because she wanted to share this information with community employers.

“I think the thing she said that got my attention the most was that there are red flags and that you watch for attitudes,” Nix said. “You watch for behaviors that can kind of alert you to the need to watch this person a little more.”

Around 150 people attended Wednesday's event.

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