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Chapter 14. Worry About the Other Shoe D... > Violence, Disciplinary Action, and D... - Pg. 142

Worry About the Other Shoe Dropping-- Violence 142 Insider Secrets The numbers on workplace violence can appear alarming, because most people aren't statisticians. They need to be put in context to understand them, and then the picture isn't quite so alarming. Still, workplace violence is always an important issue. The point about all of this: Don't freak out about the statistics, but at the same time don't ignore the possibility of violence. We'll look at things you can do to reduce risk in the rest of this chapter. Violence, Disciplinary Action, and Dismissal In the last chapter we talked about legal issues related to disciplinary action and outlined the steps of progressive discipline. We're going to extend that discussion a bit, and talk about workplace violence that occurs as a result of a dismissal or termination process. The chances of becoming a victim of workplace violence related to termination are probably pretty low. But there's a catch. If you do it badly, or in a way that humiliates the employee or results in feelings of desperation and being trapped, the risk factor increases significantly. So let's talk about