Posted by: arijnovick | October 1, 2010

American Anger Management in the Workplace – A Pandemic?

Anger has become one of the most highlighted problems in today’s world .  With unemployment at an all time high nationally , and the stress of modern life in American becoming incredibly stressful , Americans are turning to rage .  Anger is often a bi-product of other more primitive emotions such as fear, depression, anxiety or stress.

Recent Bureau of Justice data shows that over half a million victims of workplace violence lose over 1.8 million workdays a year, at a cost of 55 million annually .  U.S. citizens need anger management now, more than ever.  Rage and impulse control issues in the workplace affect the moral of other employees, and also create an environment where employees don’t feel safe which reduces productivity .

Historically , anger in the corporate world was viewed as a personal issue .  It was something the employee had to deal with on their own.   If the employee was lucky , their employer had an EAP program they could refer them too for help .  More progressive employers who are cutting edge, will seek out their own anger management training for employees.    This preventative intervention is an extraordinary cost savings to the company and has lasting benefits to the employee.

First off , the cost to train an employee in anger management skills is rather low .  The second benefit of training employees in anger control is that the company will experience less law suits filed as a result of inappropriate workplace conduct .  Companies will also experience improved moral, less days off, and increased productivity.

Anger management classes can be taken in a variety of settings.  From specially designed corporate online anger management programs, to live in person anger management courses.  If you are an H.R. Director or company decision maker , consider the risks vs. the benefits of anger management training.  The choice to train is simple.

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