April 29, 2011
Evaluating Safe Working Conditions
1. Workplace Violence
Sam is a security officer for ABC Corporation in the Phoenix area. He is always stationed at the security desk in the main lobby to greet employees and visitors. One day he observed an employee from the finance department muttering something under his breath and acting strangely as he walked by the security desk. He noticed this same behavior the following day. On the third day, there was a shooting in the finance department. The director of finance and her administrative assistant were shot and killed by the employee exhibiting strange behavior; the employee committed suicide prior to the arrival of the police.
Upon noticing the employee acting oddly, Sam should have approached him and inquired if everything was alright. He then should have notified the director of the finance department that one of her employees was behaving oddly. At the very least this would have given the director the opportunity to observe the employee and possibly question the employee about what was bothering him. Some companies offer an EAP, otherwise known as an employee assistance program. These programs offer free counseling to employees who are having difficulties coping with work, family, etc. This type of program would benefit all employees and the company as well. 2. Sexual Harassment
Harriet is a new security officer working in the Foxwoods Mall. She has been working in this capacity for the past three months. She patrols the mall on the 3 – 11 p.m. shift and watches out for the safety of the patrons. Ralph, a 40-year-old divorced male, is her supervisor. Ralph has been working mall security for five years and expects a promotion in a few months. Ralph has approached Harriet on several occasions in the security break room. At one point, he complimented her figure. On another occasion, he asked her what she was doing after work. Harriet feels...