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This article provides information about the polices and procedures pertaining to workplace violence at B Lab. 

Please keep in mind that this article is not exhaustive; the POps team is happy to answer questions and provide support to teams for any information not covered by this article. Please reach out to us with any questions by opening a new ticket - ticket responses are added to the FAQs section below on a regular basis. 

Workplace Violence

What is Workplace Violence?

B Lab is strongly committed to providing a safe workplace. The purpose of this policy is to minimize the risk of personal injury to employees and damage to organizational and personal property.

We do not expect employees to become experts in psychology or to physically subdue a threatening or violent individual. Indeed, we specifically discourage employees from engaging in any physical confrontation with a violent or potentially violent individual. However, we do expect and encourage employees to exercise reasonable judgment in identifying potentially dangerous situations.

Experts in the mental health profession state that prior to engaging in acts of violence, troubled individuals often exhibit one or more of the following behaviors or signs: 

  • Over-resentment, anger, and hostility
  • Extreme agitation
  • Making ominous threats such as bad things will happen to a particular person, or a catastrophic event will occur 
  • Sudden and significant decline in work performance
  • Irresponsible, irrational, intimidating, aggressive or otherwise inappropriate behavior
  • Reacting to questions with an antagonistic or overtly negative attitude; 
  • Discussing weapons and their use, and/or brandishing weapons in the workplace
  • Overreacting or reacting harshly to changes in organizational policies and procedures
  • Personality conflicts with co-workers
  • Obsession or preoccupation with a co-worker or supervisor
  • Attempts to sabotage the work or equipment of a co-worker
  • Blaming others for mistakes and circumstances
  • Demonstrating a propensity to behave and react irrationally

Prohibited Conduct

Threats, threatening language, or any other acts of aggression or violence made toward or by any employee WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. For the purposes of this policy, a threat includes any verbal or physical harassment or abuse, any attempt at intimidating or instilling fear in others, menacing gestures, flashing of weapons, stalking, or any other hostile, aggressive, injurious, or destructive action undertaken for the purpose of domination or intimidation.

Procedures for Reporting a Threat

All potentially dangerous situations, including threats by co-workers, should be reported immediately to any member of management with whom the employee feels comfortable. Reports of threats may be maintained confidential to the extent that doing so does not impede our ability to investigate and respond to the complaints. All threats will be promptly investigated. All employees must cooperate with all investigations.

No employee will be subjected to retaliation, intimidation, or disciplinary/corrective action as a result of reporting a threat

in good faith under this policy.

If the People & Culture team determines, after an appropriate good faith investigation, that someone has violated this policy, the organization will take swift and appropriate corrective action.

If an employee is the recipient of a threat made by an outside party, that employee should follow the steps detailed in this section. It is important for us to be aware of any potential danger in our offices. Indeed, we want to take effective measures to protect everyone from threats and violent acts by an employee or by anyone else.

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