Project Title

Workplace Violence: Implications for Recreation Managers

Presenter Hometown

Berea, KY

Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Dr. Jon McChesney

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

Recreation managers often deal with situations involving large crowds in public places. Workplace violence in these situations often involves situations with event attendees or those in surrounding locations. Recently, notable events have involved active shooters and acts of terror. In 2013, bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and wounded hundreds. In Britain’s Manchester Arena in 2017, a suicide bomber struck an Ariana Grande concert killing and wounding many concert-goers. The bombing took place outside the venue, but chaotic unrest ensued within the arena. At the end of 2017, the deadliest modern U.S. mass shooting took place at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. Recreation managers in all fields must consider the likelihood of workplace violence in the form of assaults, harassment, and robberies, but the public nature of many large modern events calls for consideration of enormous catastrophes. The implications of holding safe events are heavy for any manager, but the addition of unpredictable life-threatening circumstances adds the requirement for various risk management considerations that may have previously been taken for granted. This study investigated workplace violence implications for recreation events and included interviews with two recreation professionals in Kentucky.

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Workplace Violence: Implications for Recreation Managers

Recreation managers often deal with situations involving large crowds in public places. Workplace violence in these situations often involves situations with event attendees or those in surrounding locations. Recently, notable events have involved active shooters and acts of terror. In 2013, bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and wounded hundreds. In Britain’s Manchester Arena in 2017, a suicide bomber struck an Ariana Grande concert killing and wounding many concert-goers. The bombing took place outside the venue, but chaotic unrest ensued within the arena. At the end of 2017, the deadliest modern U.S. mass shooting took place at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas. Recreation managers in all fields must consider the likelihood of workplace violence in the form of assaults, harassment, and robberies, but the public nature of many large modern events calls for consideration of enormous catastrophes. The implications of holding safe events are heavy for any manager, but the addition of unpredictable life-threatening circumstances adds the requirement for various risk management considerations that may have previously been taken for granted. This study investigated workplace violence implications for recreation events and included interviews with two recreation professionals in Kentucky.