Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Workplace and Domestic Violence by S.L. Smith
Usually viewed as a private matter between two adults domestic violence in fact affects all areas of our communities, including the workplace. Employees home lives can affect their performance at work, particularly with an issue like domestic violence. Many abusers attempt to stalk, harass, threaten or injure victims at work. For the victim, actions like these can present barriers to getting and keeping a job and often result in reduced productivity and lost wages. For the employer and co-workers, it can result in increased medical costs, reduced productivity, absenteeism and heightened risks of violence to others.
Not only is domestic violence bad for people, Domestic Violence is bad for business. However, by choosing to proactively address this issue in the workplace, employers can:
•Enhance workplace safety
•Increase employee productivity and morale
•Decrease absenteeism and turnover
•Create a powerful, positive impact in the community
•Implement effective prevention and intervention strategies
As an on-going effort to protect citizens through a rather large company in our community that has over two hundred employees, they have implimented a security program that will be in place as of next week. Details of this program is not for me to say, (as I work for this company,) however, I do believe it will be useful in the matter of helping to save lives that could possibly be in danger within the workplace. It has been discovered that one in ten employees are/or have been, a victim of domestic violence.
More and more companies throughout the United States are/or already have a security program along with an intricate security system in place.
I just pray, programs such as what we're about to take on at our work, won't give the victims a false sense of security and they forget to watch their backs once they step outside the factory doors at the end of their shift...