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Workplace violence prevention monitoring is defined as any method companies use to investigate, estimate, and record potential violence risks and actual violence in the workplace. Such efforts include providing background investigations of employees, monitoring and recording employees' work behaviors, performing risk assessments, training employees to monitor violent or threatening acts, and developing workplace violence monitoring policies. Each effort contains potential ethical problems. This paper outlines the various ethical considerations of violence prevention monitoring and makes recommendations based on them. The need for safety, security, productivity, employee relations, reputation, and discrimination has to be balanced with privacy, accuracy, consistency, immediacy, impartiality, informed consent, and and [sic] civil rights issues.

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This document was originally published in Ethics and Critical Thinking Journal by Franklin Publishing Company. Copyright restrictions may apply.