Workplace Threat/Violence

The workplace violence policy aims to acquaint employees with what we consider workplace violence and ask them to report early signs or threats. We want to provide our employees with a safe workplace where mutual respect is a given. We ask everyone to be professional and ethical at work.

This policy applies equally to all employees, contractors, public visitors, clients, and anyone else whom employees come into contact with during work or work-related activities.

Workplace violence – refers to physical acts of violence or threats to harm a person or property. Abusive behaviors, whether verbal, psychological, or physical, are also considered violence. More specifically:

  • Verbal abuse can be using unwelcome, embarrassing, offensive, threatening, or degrading language.
  • Psychological abuse is an act that provokes fear or diminishes a person’s dignity or self- esteem.
  • Sexual abuse is any unwelcome verbal or physical assault.

We can’t always predict violent acts, but we ask managers and team members to be vigilant. Report any concerns, threats, or violent acts to HR or their direct manager as soon as possible.

Examples of violent behavior among coworkers include but are not limited to:

  • Intimidating or bullying others
  • Abusive language
  • Physical assault
  • Threatening behavior
  • Concealing or using a weapon
  • Sexual or racial harassment

We maintain the right to conduct periodic inspections, using reasonable methods, without employees’ consent or prior notice.

All supervisors and managers are responsible to implement our policies and ensure that all procedures are free of discrimination.

Employees who witness or suspect violence, or are victims of violence, can report to HR or their direct manager. We will investigate quickly and discreetly. We aim to protect victims from harassment and victimization.