workplace violence... Discuss why the prevention of workplace violence should (or should not) be a key concern for businesses operating in overseas locales?

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Any business, in any locale, has a vested interest in protecting its employees and the physical property it possesses-buildings, raw materials, finished products, or whatever else is related to its particular function. The extent of security to attempt to prevent workplace violence is a factor of locale of the business, the attitudes of the people and government(s) being affected by those businesses, and the conduct of the business people themselves in relating to their neighbors, whether they are foreign or not.

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Employers have a responsibility and a legal obligation to create safe working environments where their employees are able to work in a place free from harm or danger. I would argue that this is something that is just as important in the US as it is for any employees who work abroad.

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No matter where a company is established, we Americans tend to think that we have certain human rights that carry into every aspect of our lives; and that includes the workplace. Once one person hurts another person, for example, rights have been violated. Any situation can turn on the company for being their responsibility at any time and they could be held responsible. When things go wrong, the first thing the media, or anyone does, is go to the boss. Why didn't the boss know about the problem? If s/he did know about the situation, what did they do to prevent it? The public, governments, employees and investors all want to know about the leadership and policies of a company before they go into business with them. Without a strong policy protecting human rights, a company would not go very far in the west.

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Americans are often targets of terrorist violence in foreign countries, so steps should be taken by both employer and employee regarding safety measures. In addition to a safe workplace, foreign workers should also be sure that their homes are in a safe area with strong security. Crimes against foreign workers make for bad press, and businesses can suffer more than just financial losses.  

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It really depends on the country. Some countries are at war or are facing terrorist activity. Companies operating in these countries will need to take extra measures to keep their employees safe. Safe employees lead to more productive employees, and a more profitable company.
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It would depend, I suppose on the workplace, and the country, but I can't see where workplace violence would be anymore prevalent overseas than here. If somebody is working for an American firm in an area known to be dangerous, then that is one thing, but I wouldn't exactly categorize that as workplace violence.

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It is not likely to be any more of a concern overseas than at home given how workplace violence does occur here as well.  There might be more of a need to protect workers against things like attacks from rebels in unstable countries, though.  This would be more likely to be needed in other (poorer) countries.

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My stepfather, an American citizen. works for a company in Africa. I was amazed by the lengths they took to insure the safety of their employees. My mother was extremely concerned about his safety and felt much better after hearing about the measures the company took to insure a safe workplace.

If people did not feel safe then the companies would have a hard time finding employees. I think that insuring a safe workplace is a key concern for business operating overseas.

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