Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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Fewer Americans are going postal
Frances Williams reports in the Financial Times about some interesting trends in workplace violence in the developed world:
Physical and psychological violence in the workplace is on the rise worldwide and has reached “epidemic levels” in many industrialised countries, according to a study published on Wednesday by the International Labour Organisation.Here's a link to the ILO press release, as well as the introductory chapter. I wouldn't describe the data cited in the report as "patchy" so much as "completely incommensurate between countries."
Putting that caveat aside for a moment, would any readers like to posit why workplace violence appears to be on the decline in the Anglosphere but on the rise elsewhere?posted by Dan on 06.14.06 at 03:42 PM
Because English-speaking countries are, on average, wealthier than non-English speaking countries.posted by: Dave on 06.14.06 at 03:42 PM [permalink]
Because we don't believe in the existence of "psychological violence" (seriously, who thinks this up?).posted by: John Jenkins on 06.14.06 at 03:42 PM [permalink]
...would any readers like to posit why workplace violence appears to be on the decline in the Anglosphere but on the rise elsewhere?
posted by: rosignol on 06.14.06 at 03:42 PM [permalink]
Please note that the article quotes "homicides" in the US and UK, but general workplace violence elsewhere. To be really informative, it ought to give the comparative level of both in actual figures. This excerpt could be pretty misleading.posted by: mira on 06.14.06 at 03:42 PM [permalink]
would any readers like to posit why workplace violence appears to be on the decline in the Anglosphere but on the rise elsewhere?
They're behind on the fashion curve. Many of these outlanders also are still listening to Britney Spears. Going postal is *so* 20th century.
I agree with mira. There's a big difference between "bullying, sexual harrassment and physical assault" and homicide rates. A dead body is a dead body (though whether it was murdered can be a more difficult problem), but the rates of things like "bullying" and "sexual harrassment" and "physical assault" can be very dependent on how the questions are worded.posted by: Tracy W on 06.14.06 at 03:42 PM [permalink]
Well, one should never underestimate the influence on potential malefactors of the knowledge that the learned lupines of the American Tort Bar stand ever-ready to shred them financially for life at the drop of a writ - something a good bit less true of our Continental cousins.
But I think it also has to do with the fact that this country still produces jobs and - compared to Continental Europe - so does the U.K. When there ARE no new jobs to escape to, the victims don't have a lot of choice about sticking around and taking it - as the bad guys know full well. Cradle-to-grave social welfare states impose exactions upon their inhabitants that are not always reckonable strictly in coin.posted by: Dick Eagleson on 06.14.06 at 03:42 PM [permalink]
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