In the wake of the Virginia news shootings, many workplaces are most likely looking into the ‘threat assessment’ of current or former employees.
What if anything can we learn from this terrible tragedy and are there signs that people should be looking for?
“Lack of motivation, change or dip in performance. We look for sudden outbursts of anger,” Charity Hughes of the Society for Human Resource Management said.
Hughes travels around the world consulting companies on human behavior in the workplace.
Following news accounts on the gunman in Virginia, she says there were disturbing signs of trouble ahead, warning signs that she looks for in employees.
“We also look for sensitivity to criticism that often times can be a real indicator when people all of a sudden don’t want to accept any criticism or constructive feedback about their performance,” Hughes said.
Many businesses have become increasingly interested in assessing their employees as threats in the wake of recent high profile workplace violence.
In September 2010, disgruntled employee Yvonne Hiller barged into the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia and shot and killed two co-workers and wounded a third.