Glenn French has a helluva story to tell.
The President and CEO of the Canadian Initiative on Workplace violence provided the keynote speech after two days of meetings by OPSEU’s Mental Health Division.
He spoke about a cleaner in a long-term residential facility in Newfoundland.
The man was well-liked and enjoyed his work.
One day he was struck with a lamp by a resident in a senseless act of violence.
While his colleagues quickly attended to the perpetrator of the act, nobody attended to the cleaner, who took himself off to what he perceived would be a safe place. It was an hour before anyone had thought to give any attention to the victim.
French says that when violence happens in the workplace it has a ripple effect, like a stone being thrown into a pond.