Identifying and recognising aggression and/or violence

Because aggression and violence usually target an individual person, it is difficult to recognise the problem. Also, the violence often takes place outside working hours. So it does take place at work, but when many colleagues have already left. This makes it difficult for employers or colleagues to spot aggression. Aggression and violence between colleagues can be a one-off occurrence, but it can also be a recurring problem. Both cases are unacceptable and sometimes even punishable. Physical aggression is easier to spot as an outsider than psychological or verbal aggression. A victim often exhibits signalling behaviour, by which you can tell that someone has been the victim of aggression and/or violence. These may be innocent behaviours that indicate the person is stressed. For example, tics, absence, or nervousness. The victim may also try to avoid social contacts with certain colleagues. Physical abuse can sometimes be recognised by residual scars, scrapes or bruises. If you see colleagues having a conflict, without subsequent rapprochement or reconciliation, there is a chance that aggression or violence is at play. Often aggression and violence in the workplace coincide with bullying. Read Download logfile. more on bullying.