Mass shootings have dominated headlines in recent years. From San Bernardino in 2015 to YouTube’s headquarters and the Annapolis Capital Gazette in 2018, workplaces have not been immune from the rise of mass shootings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 500 workers in America were victims of workplace homicide and 16,890 private-sector workers were victims of nonfatal workplace violence in 2016.
So what’s an employer to do when an employee reports to his supervisor that he’s having unwelcome thoughts of harming himself and others? For starters, you should adopt policies to prohibit