David S. Jasmer
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Could your abusive co-worker become violent?

Workplace violence is a serious matter that makes workers all across the nation nervous and wary. The sad fact is that most of us have to work with unpleasant co-workers, some of whom may even be bullies.

Even when their deviant work behaviors don't rise to the level of bullying, having to share a cubicle wall with a Debby Downer who never has a kind word to say about anyone, or dealing with Steve in Accounting who always seems to be seething about something, can be demoralizing to the rest of the staff.

But is there a way to predict whether your co-worker's personality disorder will erupt into a full-fledged, gun-slinging attack? Probably not, but there are signs to watch out for, including that they:

-- Threaten violence

-- Display a lack of empathy

-- Put down and insult others

-- Yell or raise voice

The Federal Bureau of Investigation encourages workers to report co-workers' threats, and for employers to provide a clear path to reporting, with designated channels and rapid responses from Human Resources and management.

Many times when these mass shootings occur in the workplace, former co-workers are interviewed and say that they saw it coming, that they person was not behaving or reacting normally. Other times it appears that the violent co-worker was subjected to bullying behavior by others and simply snapped one day.

Regardless of the genesis of the violent outbreak, if you are injured in, or lose a loved one to, a spate of workplace violence, you can pursue compensation for the losses you suffer through the Illinois courts.

Source: LGMA.ca, "Toxic Co-Workers, Bullies and You," Jim Webber, accessed July 01, 2016

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