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As difficult as it may be to imagine a violent act-taking place at work in these times it is an eventuality that cannot be ignored Too frequently these days the evening news leads off with a report about a disgruntled employee committing some horrifying act of violence in the workplace Something like that could never happen here is what most assumes Unfortunately the statistics show that violence can and does happen in the workplace In fact the chances of violence occurring in the workplace are shockingly high and increasing An important question that should be asked is what causes violence in the workplace The answer to this question is very complex There are numerous contributing factors that can push an employee to the point that may seem unbearable To an employee being perceived unfair is one of the significant factors Many times the organization is looked upon as not treating their employees properly Other contributing factors are but not limited to an unstable economy downsizing layoffs--each causes fear depression and paranoia evaluations lack of promotion or advancement authoritarian management relationships brought to the workplace and stress Liabig 33 Stress is one of the more common causes of violence at any place of employment The bodys response to any demand on it for adaptation is called stress A stressor may be acute or chronic Stress can also be both good and bad Examples of good stress are reasonable deadlines and competition This type of stress if needed to function without stress people become stagnates The level of anxiety caused by a good stressor is usually in the low moderate range Levels of high anxiety are okay for short periods of time If levels of high anxiety last for an extreme period then the stressor is bad and the person functioning becomes impaired and overwhelmed NIOSH 1 The failure to adapt to stress can cause clinical depression Clinical depression is a depression that is organic in
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