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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct. 8, 2012
Phil Piemonte, Managing Editor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org What's Inside44 october 8, 2012 • Vol. 62, No. 13 continued on page 3 Workplace violence often committed by employees A new Merit Systems Protection Board study reports that almost one in eight federal employees saw or experi- enced workplace violence over a two- year period. According to that study, employees themselves were responsible for more than half of those violent inci- dents. The findings were mined from the results of a 2010 MSPB survey of federal employees. Respondents to that survey reported that more than half of the perpetrators of workplace violence they witnessed were current or former fed- eral employees, with about one-third of the violence perpetrated by customers or clients of the agency. Employee violence for the purposes of the survey included physical attacks, threats of attack, harassment, intimida- tion, or bullying in the workplace. According to the study, one-quar- ter of the violent incidents that fed- eral employees observed over a two-year period in fact did result in either physi- cal injury or property damage or loss. "Limiting physical access to federal workplaces is not enough," said MSPB Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann, "because the vast majority of perpetra- tors of federal workplace violence are individuals who, for the most part, have a legitimate reason to be in the work- place." Grundmann said that even though most instances of workplace violence involved threats, harassment, intimida- tion or bullying---rather than physical injury or property damage---managers need to be aware of those behaviors, which she said "poison the work envi- ronment and may lead to more serious physical violence." For the study, MSPB analyzed the results of its 2010 Merit Principles Survey of 71,910 full-time, permanent, non-postal federal employees. About 58 percent of the survey group returned 42,020 valid surveys containing their perceptions of their jobs, work environ- ments, supervisors and agencies. As in the private sector, the study showed that incidents of workplace vio- lence were more prevalent in hospital and security scenarios. According to the study, 26 percent of federal employees in medical/hospital occupations and 21 percent in police/security occupations said they had observed such incidents over the two-year period. Similar to the private sector, custom- ers were the most common perpetra- tors of workplace violence observed by federal employees in three occupational groupings---police/security, medical/ hospital and social science/psychology. Experts weigh in "There are three incident indicators before most incidents of [life-threaten- Inside looking out Most people don't realize it, but the nation's capital is surrounded by a moat. While it was not designed to keep the barbarian hordes out, it has worked out that way. Our moat is 66 miles in circumference. It is a couple of hun- dred feet wide. The moat is mostly in suburban Maryland and Virginia, with Washington, D.C., as its hub. Instead of water, our moat is filled with asphalt and cement, and reinforced with steel. It has railings all around it. Instead of calling it a moat, we call it the Beltway. I think it is officially the Capital Beltway, but whatever, it is a pretty well-known stretch of road. Especially since, unlike Route 66 or I-95, it doesn't really go anywhere except in a circle. But many people think it is an important line of demarcation. Most Americans live outside the Beltway. But the people who live and work inside (although they come from many places) can find themselves isolated from the "reality" of Ohio, Montana or Texas. And that isolation can be impor- tant, especially with the White House and Congress. Especially at times like this, when the government and the nation are heading for what most INSIGHT BY MIKE CAUSEY continued on page 2 For more news...see Federal Daily at www.FederalDaily.com • USPS offers retirement incentive 3 • In Brief 4 • You Be the Judge 5 • Informed investor 7 • Federal Benefits Q&A 8
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