Bloggers’ views on Workplace Violence

Yesterday, on 2 October 2010, India celebrated the 141 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the world celebrated International Non-Violence Day. Mahatma Gandhi stood for truth and non-violence. However, had he been alive today, he would have been shattered with the amount of violence in the society.

As a tribute to him and to make this world a safer place to live, this week I am covering the posts regarding violence and the ways one can stop them.

1. Cyberbullying and the Limits of Law (Via Everyday Thomist)

A few days ago, Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate posted a video of him making out with another male student. The Clementi case follows close on the heels of a related case involving several Massachusetts high school students who bullied 15-year old Phoebe Prince both physically and over Facebook and other social networking sites, allegedly pushing Prince to hang herself.

Is our society losing its moral consciousness that human beings are bullying another for the sake of entertainment? Is the society turning psychologically sick to push another to death without any remorse? Is a person’s suicide just a statistical number for the rest of the mankind? To know more, read the blog post at Everyday Thomist.

2. Workplace Violence: Cues and Clues to Teach… (Via Operational Risk Management….)

Operational Risk Management is your foundation for crisis leadership. All work locations have distinct categories of threats that are relevant to the site, people and type of business. Assessing the violent factors is the role of FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole and there are four categories according to a study entitled: “The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective

Read the post  to understand the various aspects of violence at the workplace and how to protect yourself from it.

3. Making The Evil Suffer! (Via Pilant’s Business Ethics Blog)

People ask me what can be done about corporate crime. Usually I say, “Enforce the laws we have on the books and make them do real prison time as well as pay fines.” That will go along way to stopping that kind of crime.

But there is something, we all can do – we can take our moral responsibilities seriously.

You see we depend on the state to enforce the law and generally we assume that is enough. It is not.

James Pilant describes the responsibility of the society towards white collar criminals. In India, we have seen in the last year that 6 whistleblowers lost their lives due to lack of whistleblower protection laws. A country which was envisaged by Gandhi to stand for truth and non-violence is violently punishing honest people. Read more at James Pilant’s blog on society’s responsibility towards mitigating white collar crime.

Hope the above mentioned posts help you in understanding the risks to society due to unprecedented abuse and crime by the educated class. The educated people do not have any excuse for claiming ignorance and are required to be moral guardians for the next generation. The society needs to learn to be accountable for its actions.

As Common Wealth Games are commencing today in India, I hope we learn from the spirit of the games to be fair in our dealings with others and treat all equally with respect and consideration.

Have a nice week ahead.