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Putting an end to violence

After a tragic incident, you almost always hear the same reactions from the neighbours. "He was a bit strange, but he was an amiable guy," one will say to the media. Or, "He looked average," says another, perhaps a resident in the same apartment building. "You'd say hi. He'd say hi. But he wasn't very outgoing."

Screening applicants with personality testing

Dr. Michael McIntyre is an industrial psychologist at the University of Tennessee's College of Business Administration, where he specializes in developing preemployment personality tests. To help companies screen potential employees for aggressive and antisocial tendencies, McIntyre has developed a tool called the Conditional Reasoning Test of Aggression (CRTA).

You lookin’ for trouble?

No company is completely impervious to troubled employees, but workplace violence experts agree that companies could be doing a much better job of weeding out the bad seeds.

What’s in a name?

In the early 1990s, Mir Aimal Kansi, a known terrorist, was issued a visa and entered the United States. He purchased an AK-47, gunned down two CIA agents and wounded three others in front of the agency's headquarters. He then flew out of the country, dodging authorities until his capture in 1997. How did he accomplish all of this while avoiding getting caught? Easy: He dropped a single letter from his name.

He said, she said

The results of a recent survey found that employee perception of what constitutes workplace violence breaks down very clearly by gender lines.

Making sure your defences keep pace

Unless you own a car dealership or hold an executive position with Amazon.com, you're probably going with "B," right?

Running through a disaster recovery drill

It's 5:30 a.m., and the top executives and their staff of United Services Automobile Association (USAA) are summoned to company headquarters.

Liar, liar

Polygraph testing may be an effective plot device in spy movies, but a recent report issued by the National Research Council (an arm of The National Academies) found that when it comes to employee security screenings, polygraphs are deeply flawed. The 245-page report is the result of 19 months of study by a committee of statisticians, psychologists and mathematicians.

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