Not So Merry: Workplace Violence and the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and with the joys of the season also comes added stress for many. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently stated on their blog [here] that, “crowds of customers anxiously waiting to be helped add yet another layer of stress. Such workplace job demands, along with a lack of control workers may have over their work environment, can increase the risk of frustration and can lead to angry verbal exchanges and even violence in the extreme.” The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety also points out that some groups are more at risk from workplace violence including health care employees, teachers, and retail employees. With th

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