Evaluating Safe Working Conditions

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Appendix E

Evaluating Safe Working Conditions

Directions: Read each scenario and answer the following questions.

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.

What should Sam have done prior to the incident? Should the security officer have notified anyone about the employee’s strange behavior? What company policies do you think should be in place regarding situations similar to this? Explain your answer.

In this scenario its tough for Sam to sort out although the man was acting strangely its hard to say whether he would become violent because of his strange behavior. And had he approached the man in mind would have angered him or offended him. But in any case you have to realize to protect others you have to investigate that means approaching individuals who may be offended to seek out the truth. When Sam first saw the man acting strangely should notify both his supervisor and the man's supervisor. By doing this Sam would have set things in motion for management to keep a close eye on the individual who was acting strangely. Sam also could have searched the man every time he entered the building. A policy that would be good for the company would be to add metal detectors in a search of all bags when entering the building.

2. Sexual Harassment

Harriet is a new security officer working in the Foxwoods Mall....
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