Behaviors to Never Ignore in the Workplace


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These are "deal-breaker' behaviors in the workplace, which if ignored, are apt to cause a lot of pain for everybody!

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Behaviors to Never Ignore in the Workplace

  1. 1. P a g e | 1 Behaviors to NEVER Ignore in the Workplace & WHICH COULD turn Deadly. Margie Roop, LPCC-S; CEAP; SAP: Regional Director, LifeServices EAP1-800-822-4847 YOUR PERSONAL COMMITMENTS: 1. You must be committed to being ACTIVELY aware of behaviors in your workplace. 2. You must be committed to taking behaviors in your workplace seriously. 3. You must be committed to following your company’s Policies/Procedures for reporting such behaviors to management. 4. You must trust that the following behaviors, while not predictive of suicidal or homicidal behaviors, COULD result in harm to oneself and/or others. BEHAVIORS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE IGNORED: 1. Statements (by a person) that they want to kill themselves or others. 2. Statements that a person “no longer wants to live”, or “doesn’t want to be here anymore”, or “things would be better without me around”, “this will be the last time you’ll be seeing me”. 3. Statements to do harm to someone else: “I could kill (name of person)”; “I wish (name of person) was dead”; “Wait until they start their car up”; “I’ll be waiting for them in the parking lot….” or “I know where they live”; “I have a gun and am not afraid to use it”; “I know how to get back at them”; “My hands are lethal weapons and I’m not afraid to use them”, “they’ll be sorry they ever crossed me”. 4. Statements to do damage to property: “They’ll never be able to fix this when I’m done with it”; or “I know how to make this (machine, work station, room, tool) so it’s the last time they’ll be able to use it; or “if I were you, don’t go into that (room, work area, exit). 5. Statements that “I hear voices” or “I see things (may mention what they are seeing-and YOU know it is not there); “I think that aliens are trying to contact me through my TV”; “I think my neighbors are spying on me”; “There’s a conspiracy to kill me, to kill us (to do some type of harm to that person or others). 6. Statements that “My medicine makes me feel suicidal” or “My family tried to put me in the psych ward the other day and I refused”; or “I left the psych ward; I had enough!” “They called the cops on me the other day, saying I was acting all crazy ‘n stuff”. 7. Statements which are rambling; mumbling; incoherent; repetitive. 8. Agitation: angry outbursts towards self or others; flailing of arms; hitting self; others; equipment; throwing objects; getting into associate’s face & yelling; stomping off/not listening to directives to cool down; responding angrily to internal stimuli (voices). 9. Inconsolable crying or crying frequently. 10. Disorientation to person, place or time (doesn’t recognize familiar people, where they are at or the date, year, obvious current events: Barack Obama as President, etc…). 11. Repeated forgetfulness. 12. Sleeping on the job; constant fatigue. 13. Inappropriate laughter: towards self (as if they pulled a joke on themselves); seemingly responding by laughter to internal stimuli (voices). 14. Safety Violations-consistently not following safety protocol: not wearing correct gear; taking “short cuts”; not reporting accidents; avoiding medical attention for injuries on the job.
  2. 2. P a g e | 2 15. Consumption, possession, distribution, concealment, and/or selling of prohibitive substances and/or drug paraphernalia in the workplace. 16. Possession of or suspected possession of firearms and/or ammunition. 17. Stumbling; Staggering. 18. Jittery, nervous, quick, or over-animated movements. 19. Lethargic; very slowed, and/or deliberate (overly careful) movements. 20. Work behaviors that make no sense for the job at hand (repeats a process unnecessarily; using incorrect protocol/tools/temperature settings/safety or other job equipment). 21. Physical signs such as: A. Unusual Cuts on forearms or legs-either fresh or healing B. Black eyes C. Smell of alcohol; smell of marijuana D. Bottles of alcohol and/or suspected drug paraphernalia E. Slurring words; difficulty articulating F. Smacking the mouth; tacky sounding G. Powder residue on face or clothing (unassociated with the job) H. Drooling I. Darting eyes; appearing suspicious; speaking in whispered tone J. Pinpoint or dilated pupils K. Sweating in cooler temps; chilled in hotter temperatures L. Clothing is inappropriate for the work setting: that which is deemed unsafe and/or out of character for their job or for their work station. M. Clothing is soiled with bodily fluids and/or inappropriate for professional presentation. N. Women: facial make-up: overdone or inappropriate for professional presentation OR out of character for that person. O. Men: Unshaven for days and is uncharacteristic for this person or affects professional presentation. P. Bodily odor, especially for someone who is usually well-kempt. Q. Hair-tussled; unkempt: uncharacteristic for this person or affects professional presentation. R. Unaware that they are bleeding or obviously injured. THE LIST DOES NOT END HERE!USE YOUR BEST JUDGEMENT! SEEK OUT MANAGEMENT FOR CONSULTATION ABOUT BEHAVIORS YOU OBSERVE THAT MAKE YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE OR THAT YOU FEEL ARE UNSAFE! Contact LifeServices EAP: 1-800-822-4847 for employee education & supervisory training; better yet, contract with us for on-going 24/7 attention!