The purpose of the Trauma in the Workplace Survey is to document the increasing reports of workplace violence and the trauma reactions many of our Local 88 Multnomah County members are experiencing. Survey data illustrating the frequency of workplace violence and the frequency of trauma reactions will further raise awareness regarding the need for comprehensive safety measures and trauma informed support for all Multnomah County employees.
Our goal is to present the survey data to Multnomah County Leadership, Multnomah County Commissioners and State Legislators to advocate for the development and funding of comprehensive workplace safety protocols and trauma informed support for all Multnomah County employees. Some of our objectives to accomplish this goal are:
- To evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs, policies and procedures
- To expand trauma informed support services for all Multnomah County employees
- Create a charter
- Demonstrate impacts to help inform the design of program(s), policies, procedures, training, and resources that help support Multnomah County employees who in turn support our communities.
Some questions ask for specific details regarding experiences with workplace violence and/or trauma experiences. If you feel that answering these questions may cause you additional trauma and/or harm, please take care of yourself and feel free to skip answering those questions.
Some examples of psychological and physiological symptoms of trauma are: sleep problems, exhaustion, feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness, feeling overwhelmed, loss of agency, fear, interpersonal conflict, difficulty completing work tasks, confusion, isolation, feeling apathetic, sadness, grief, denial, mood swings, anxiety, agitation, concentration/memory problems, feeling emotional numb, dissociation.
We estimate this survey may take 15 to 30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel O’Rourke or Alice Busch.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or the Multnomah County Crisis Line 24/7 at 503-988-4888.