Protecting yourself in the workplace is important and often overlooked. We come to think of our coworkers as friends and let our guard down. All coworkers are not friends as all customers are not pleasant either. Even at work, being prepared for any situation will keep you from being caught off guard.
The most common form of danger in the workplace is workplace violence perpetrated by coworkers. It could be a coworker having a bad day or someone who has anger management issues. Your attitude can go a long way towards diffusing a situation.
Things usually get out of control during arguments. No one wants to be outdone. Trying to get the last word could end up in a physical fight right then and there or being attacked as you walk to your car after work. If you find yourself in a situation with a coworker that turns volatile, here are some tips:
- Concede that the other person is right
- Talk to your manager immediately and report the situation
- Go to human resources and find out what additional actions need to be taken to protect yourself.