When “just doing your job” becomes dangerous
I don’t know what it’s like where you live but lately here in Vancouver, BC there has been an inordinate increase in unprovoked attacks on employees who are, “just doing their jobs.”
Or should I say: there has been an inordinate increase in reported unprovoked attacks on employees who are, “just doing their jobs?”
Here are a few of the examples that have been screaming at us from the front page of the local newspapers:
- Vancouver bus driver brazenly assaulted, three women arrested
- Bus driver punched, nose broken in Surrey
- Passengers rush to help bus driver punched in the head
Working with the public
Working with the public has always had its risks. These three stories about our public transit system are just a fraction of the criminal attacks that are perpetrated against employees who are, “just doing their jobs” every day of the week.
These employees are doing the jobs they love. They love their jobs because it involves helping people and providing a service; but that service is sometimes provided to the very people who are the source of so much damage and personal trauma.
In the next few editions of this blog, I’m going to talk about the various types of jobs where employees appear to experience an inordinate amount of workplace violence incidents, and that do show up in our media.
There are many more that don’t show up in the media and in fact, don’t show up at all because it’s not even reported in the first place.