As a rookie bank manager, I was given the lowdown on possible fraudsters and the innocuous stuff that finally gives them away. With due apologies to all workaholics and hard workers – the first and foremost among them is the fact that – these persons never ever apply for leave! It does not need a great stretch of imagination to understand why… any new person who fills in for them even for a day or two may get confused and draw attention to the creative book-keeping to hide their shenanigans or even figure out the truth.
Forewarned is Forearmed:
There have been many instances of unplanned violence, which erupted among family members, on university campuses, in schools and kindergartens. At least some of them could have been averted only if the cues for such behaviors were known to the people around them.
Just as no two human thumb prints ever match; no two human beings are ever alike. For that matter, no one is perfect either. So, experience teaches most of us to shelve our critical and judgmental natures and accept the different manifestations of human nature, as displayed in a colleague’s behavior and interaction with other people. Thus, it is a matter of great difficulty to correctly figure out when someone’s behavior transcends the normal and qualifies as nutty!
Knowing the red flags for behavior that could result in violent or dangerous conduct a person could really help the managers and co-workers at the workplace to avert untoward incidents. This does not necessarily require one to become suspicious of every single action – unusual or otherwise – and feel threatened.
Recognize the Red Flags:
Managers may be supported by policies of zero tolerance for any disruptive act; effectively supplemented by Employee Assistance Programs and if necessary, evaluations by professionals.
Given here are some signs of potential violence, as described by such professionals:
It helps if one stays alert to any of the signs detailed above to gain insight into what a person may be capable of, not going overboard and condemning any of them going by one or two signs. Ideally, it is more like a jigsaw puzzle – with 50 to 100 pieces which fit together effectively forming a picture.
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