Although workplace violence is a global problem, it’s especially bad in Canada where an average 356,000 incidents occur each year. Nearly 1 in 5 of all self-reported acts of violence in Canada happen in the workplace.
In addition, new workplace violence laws like Bill 168 in Ontario and Bill 14 in BC are popping up all over the country. The mandate to employers: Protect employees from attacks at work—not just from outsiders but co-workers.
Because of this worker-on-worker dimension, workplace violence laws are having a big impact on critical HR functions like hiring, retention, discipline and even work schedules.
Here’s a look at the liability risks posed by workplace violence and the 9 practical measures HR directors must do to manage them.