Careful hiring can prevent violent firing, says security consultant Steve Kaufer, who offers clues to violent behavior and ways to keep a lid on it.
Mr. Kaufer, president of Inter/Action Associates Inc. of Palm Springs, Calif., has some tips for employers:
* Screen potential employees thoroughly before hiring. Don't take information on the employment application at face value.
* Give job applicants psychological tests to "screen out potential problems."
* Be wary of workers who are chronically disgruntled, repeatedly violate company policies, have an "everyone is against me" attitude or talk about past incidents of violence.