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Workplace Violence Workplace violence has existed throughout history. But, historical documentation of workplace violence is obscure and at times non-existent. Documented workplace violence is believed to have existed throughout the Roman Empire, the Renaissance Era, and it continues now. It seems unfortunate, but as long as a "society" is present, workplace violence will more than likely exist. Therefore, employers must understand: the history of workplace violence, the effects it has on the business, the reasons why it occurs, the warning signs, and ways to keep it from happening. Most importantly, it is the duty of the Manager, to not only understand workplace violence, but to ensure that all employees know the seriousness of workplace violence and also to be certain they have a safe working environment. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workplace violence is any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the work environment. It includes, but is not limited to beatings, stabbing, suicides, shootings, rapes, close suicides, psychological traumas such as threats, obscene phone calls, an intimidating presence, and harassment of any nature such as being followed, guaranteed at or shouted at. Before 1980, the American job-site was comparatively safe and there weren't many people concerned with violence in the workplace. Regrettably, this has shifted. Workplace violence has become a significant issue, especially since many people spend most of their time on the job. Nowadays, radio and television bombard the public with graphic depictions of violent workplace scenes. Violence occurs everywhere and it's trickled.