Workplace violence is a fraught topic. Unfortunately, COVID-19 may be creating or exacerbating situations that may lead to violence in the workplace. Employers should be aware of this trend and determine what steps they can take to mitigate it.
It’s important to note that workplace violence may be physical in the form of actual contact that causes injury or other harm. Or it could be verbal abuse or assaults, which carry their own type of harm. Workplace violence also includes threatening behavior that can lead to fear of harm. Here are some examples of workplace violence that are directly or indirectly related to COVID-19: