It appears as though the number of incidents of violence in the
workplace has increased over the past several years, what is your opinion on
the reason for the increase? What can be done to prevent violence in the
workplace? Do you think companies do enough to protect their employee?
This is an opinion question, which I cannot answer.
However, I can point out topics you can discuss when coming up with a thesis.
1. An employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment.
"Violence in the workplace is a serious safety and health issue. Its most extreme form, homicide, is the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 551 workplace homicides in 2004 in the United States, out of a total of 5,703 fatal work injuries."
How is this duty defined? It of course depends on the circumstances (an accounting firm would be different than a construction site).
With regards, to workplace violence, the Federal government has set out some guidlines through the office of Occupational Safety& Health Administration. See http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/standards.html
While not controlling law, it is possible that a jurisdiction may recognize them as such (under neglligence per se) or nonethless as a proper standard under common law.
Your state jurisdiction may similar standards.
Likewise, OSHA has a number of preventive measures they recommend: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/evaluation.html
DEALING WITH PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS OR CONFLICTS
1. Intervene promptly; don't let the situation fester. (Take ...
Violence in the workplace is depicted in several examples.