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The Prism of Ethics in the Workplace and Its Contributions to Workplace Violence

The adopted culture within today’s workplace contributes to the frequency of Workplace Violence incidences that occur. ‘Applied Ethics’ in the workplace contributes to the development of this culture. Statistics have outlined that insider threats cause the majority of Workplace Violence incidents. These insiders are familiar with operational practices and are familiar with security deficiencies. The risks associated with these deficiencies (physical or procedural) and the will of an employee to take action to solve a dispute creates unsafe working environments.

When insiders are familiar with the ‘lay of the land’ it makes it hard for security personnel to identify potential threats and identify risk exposure. In order for security personnel to identify potential threats and exposure they must identify the root problem(s) associated with Workplace Violence. The root problem that is often overlooked is ‘Applied Ethics’ and its influence on the organizational culture. Marion-Webster dictionary defines ethics as “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with the moral duty and obligation.” If a group of governing security bodies were evaluated and ask a question about ‘Applied Ethics’ the majority of these organizations would outline that their organizational practices are in fact ‘ethical’ and that the majority of workplace violence issues are caused by bad hires. These organizations may never identify that there could be an even bigger issue associated with violence in the workplace that is linked to ‘Organizational Agents’ and the management practices that these agents implement to meet organizational goals.

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