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Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace$
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Steven M. Elias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722602

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722602.001.0001

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When Employees Turn Violent

When Employees Turn Violent

The Potential Role of Workplace Culture in Triggering Deviant Behavior

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(p.197) 9 When Employees Turn Violent
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Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace
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Ricky W. Griffin

Yvette P. Lopez

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722602.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the cause of workplace violence. Among the more common reasons given for increasing workplace violence are economic fears regarding job security, heightened concerns for personal safety, and generalized stress and anxiety among workers. Even when there appears to be a specific triggering event, such as a layoff or termination, observers tend to accept such management actions as a regrettable but common business practice and focus their attention almost exclusively on the perpetrator as the sole target for blame. In addition, there have been indirect evidence and anecdotal indicators to suggest that on at least some occasions the organization itself has played a role in the incidence of violence. This organizational role is most likely to be manifested through its culture.

Keywords:   workplace violence, job security, stress, anxiety, organizational role

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