Mitigating Healthcare Workplace Violence: Taking a data-driven approach

Workplace violence is a pervasive issue that can occur in any organization or industry. However, the healthcare sector faces a particularly alarming situation, with incidents of workplace violence occurring four times more frequently than in any other industry, as reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Mitigating Healthcare Workplace Violence ThumbnailThe impact of healthcare workplace violence extends beyond the immediate incident. It affects both patients and employees, jeopardizing their well-being. The costs associated with such violence are substantial, including healthcare workers leaving their jobs, increased sick hours, disability claims, and extended leaves due to workplace violence. 

Technology emerges as a powerful ally in addressing this critical issue. By enhancing reporting mechanisms and improving responses to incidents, technology can play a pivotal role in creating safer work environments. However, a holistic approach is essential. Combining technological solutions with a culture of safety that encourages reporting, ongoing training, and effective data management and analysis is crucial for hospitals and health systems to overcome the challenges posed by workplace violence. 

In this paper you will learn about: 

  • The various types of workplace violence and scenarios in healthcare 
  • Key challenges healthcare organizations and employees may encounter when reporting workplace violence 
  • The role technology plays in addressing and mitigating workplace violence 
  • How symplr helps hospitals and health systems use data to mitigate workplace violence