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A new awareness For long a forgotten issue violence at work has dramatically gained momentum in recent years and is now a priority concern both in industrialised and in developing countries However while in the industrialised world awareness has been progressively transformed into action in the developing world an effective response has taken more time to materialise Two types of obstacles were often mentioned based on the following argumentation There is a great deal of violence in the society at large People lives and dignity are at risk in the streets in their homes practically everywhere Why we should concentrate on the workplace alone Fighting violence is an important but costly business We have instead to concentrate our limited resources in more crucial areas particularly in the development of a competitive economy Once this is attained and extra resources become available violence at work will be tackled with proper means and put under control Why rush into non-economically viable initiatives Progressively however a new awareness is emerging arguing that in a situation of generalised violence it is necessary to concentrate efforts on one initial well selected target where the possibilities of success are quite high rather than wasting resources in an attempt to solve all problems at the same time Increasingly the workplace appears a a privileged place to tackle violence In the workplace confrontation and dialogue form part of normal operations Workers and managers are often faced with personal and work-related problems but dialogue usually prevails over confrontation People usually manage to organize efficient and productive activities within the workplace These are unique conditions that do not replicate easily elsewhere and that can constitute a very solid basis for efficiently combating violence While the special role of the workplace in respect of violence is more and more recognised the belief that the fight against violence is just a cost is put at serious strain What appears instead is that the
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