||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Precautions to Prevent Post-Termination Violence
There are several steps the employer should take
to minimize the likelihood that post-termination violence will
Make available 24x7 crisis counseling and
assistance to fired employees for a period of time after
termination. Communicate the availability of this service at the
Ensure that all access to company facilities by
the fired employee is revoked immediately upon termination and the
former employee exits the company.
Do not allow the fired IT employee to return to
company property for any reason. If any personal belongings are left
behind, have the items mailed to their residence.
The IT manager should not meet with the
discharged employee off-site for any reason. There have been
instances where the terminating manager is duped into a friendly
meeting to talk or whatever and ends up being a victim of an attack.
The IT manager and other employees should be
suspicious of packages and letters that are delivered from an
unknown source or contain odd substances such as powder, glue,
paste, etc. This is especially true soon after the termination, but
not restricted in time frame.
According to the Annual Survey of Occupational
Injuries and Illnesses (ASOII), the following objects and substances directly inflicted
injury in workplace assaults:
47% - Hitting, kicking, and beating.
5% - Structures and surfaces (workers pushed into
walls or to floors).
4% - Tools (knives or other weapons).
The above book excerpt is from:
Firing Computer Professionals
manager Guide for Terminating "With Cause"