Disconnected Employees

It’s a normal part of life to occasionally feel uncomfortable, resentful, or even disconnected from people in the workplace. Most of us find non-violent ways to cope with those times. Yet, its best to assume that anyone can choose to use violence.

Is it possible to know which employee is sufficiently disconnected to the point where they could hurt themselves or others?  Probably not. However there are specific behaviors that serve as clues:

  1. social withdrawal
  2. intolerance and prejudice in either actions or writing
  3. bullying others
  4. chronically being picked on
  5. threats of violence
  6. drug and alcohol abuse
While the above list in and of itself is not a perfect gauge, supervisors can best serve the interest and safety of all by listening for the intentions and threats an employee may often communicate to their peers.