Last week a manager in Pennsylvania told me she's worried that a
certain employee might shoot her, and asked if she's being
The answer is NO.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace
shootings by current or former employees happen about once a
week in the U.S.
While it's impossible to predict who's going to pull the
trigger, there are often clues.
According to John Douglas, former chief of the FBI’s National
Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, some of the behaviors
to watch for include:
1. Holding a grudge
2. Being unaccepting of criticism
3. Showing little involvement with co-workers
4. Having an obsession with one's job
5. Testing the limits of acceptable behavior
6. Exhibiting paranoid behavior
7. Making direct or veiled threats
8. Intimidating or instilling fear in others
9. Having recent personal problems
10. Extreme changes in behavior
Many are chronically disgruntled and blame others for their
mistakes. They don’t accept change well and are overly
suspicious of co-workers.
They often feel they’re entitled to their job, were
intentionally held back from promotion by incompetent
supervisors, and are being victimized by a company that’s
unfairly taking it away.
The killer is typically a loner who has few relationships
outside of work, so losing his job means losing his identity.
They typically act with calm deliberation, and the vast majority
are white, middle aged men.
Nobody ever thinks this will happen to them, but I meet people
every year who work for companies where it has happened.
When that little voice inside your head is trying to tell you
something, don't ignore it - especially when it's something this
To Your Success (and Safety),
P.S. For those who plan to email us about how it’s racist to
mention skin color and se*ist to mention gender, your email will
be edited with the DELETE key. Political correctness should be
the last thing on your mind when it’s a life and death matter.
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