The shootings in Orlando last week have a direct workplace connection. The shooter reportedly engaged in aggressive prior behavior according to a co-worker.
University of South Carolina workplace law expert Joe Seiner told South Carolina Radio Network that this should be a reminder that employers and workers must all remain vigilant in the workplace.
He suggests employers should do background checks on prospective new hires. “Doing background checks when someone is hired initially, looking into their background seeing if there are any criminal issues, seeing if there are any other issues,” Seiner said.
He said it’s important to recognize the signs and signals of violent behavior and notifying others of any questionable behaviors observed. “Looking at potential, not only violence, but other issues that can come up in the workplace,” Seiner said.
He said it is important to keep in mind the “5 C’s” when attempting to address and prevent such violence: Character Checks, Counseling, Communication, Cautious Cutbacks and Community Involvement.