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Presenter’s Lorraine Hearn, Regional Coordinator Central West Committee Against Violence Mary-Lynn Brinson, Regional Coordinator Roads to End Violence – Central East . WORKPLACE BULLYING, INTIMIDATION & HARASSMENT.

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workplace bullying intimidation harassment

Presenter’s

Lorraine Hearn, Regional Coordinator

Central West Committee Against Violence

Mary-Lynn Brinson, Regional Coordinator

Roads to End Violence – Central East

WORKPLACE BULLYING, INTIMIDATION & HARASSMENT

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Workplace harassment, any situation in which someone with whom you work, uses psychological, verbal, or other behaviours to cause distress, is now rampant in the workplace…

Form of...

persistentreprimands , complaints, criticism, bullying & humiliationamongst other behaviours…

AKA: Corporate/Institutional Bullying...

Occurs when bullying is entrenched in an organization and becomes accepted as part of the workplace culture.

It can manifest itself in different ways….

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Disrespectful Workplaces?

Racial

Misuse of Power

Verbal

Omissions

Gender

Sexual Orientation

Gossip

Physical

Isolation

Discrimination

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Disrespectful Workplaces?

Exclusion

Aggression

Psychological Harassment

Social Undermining

Mobbing

Victimization

Emotional

Sexual

reasonable or not
Reasonable?Or Not?
  • Separate them from

co-workers/Exclude them from participation

  • Break their confidentiality
  • Threaten them
  • Sabotage another’s work
  • Minimize their concerns
  • Overload them with deadlines, impossible tasks…..
  • Silent treatment
  • Label them
  • Undermine someone’s authority or performance
  • Micro-manage
  • Insult, embarrass, or verbally attack someone
  • Spread rumors/ gossip
  • Use mis-truths to sabotage an evaluation
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WHATEVER WAY IT PRESENTS, IT…

  • Is Unacceptable
  • Is Disrespectful….to all those involved.
  • Can affect not only the victims, but bystanders and witnesses.
  • Can damage an individual\'s work performance.
  • Can damage a teams performance.
  • Can be toxic to the workplace.
  • Is a growing concern in all workplaces
legal responsibilities
Legal Responsibilities
  • Human Rights Legislation
  • Occupational Health & Safety Leg.
  • Canada Labor Code
  • Duty of Care in Employment Law
  • Due Diligence (have taken the necessary steps)
  • Tort Law (negligence law)
effects on a company
Effects on a Company
  • Decreased Productivity
  • Liability
  • Compromised work environment/ image
  • Absenteeism
  • Accident Rates, conflicts and turnover increase
  • Loss of high quality employees
what makes a company vulnerable to workplace bullying
What Makes A Company Vulnerable To Workplace Bullying?
  • No Single Profile
  • Contributing Factors:
    • Weak Leadership
    • Highly Hierarchical Structures
    • No Open Door Policy
    • High Stress or Monotonous Environment
    • Unethical Activities
employee s rights
Employee’s Rights

Every person who is an employee has the right to freedom from harassment in the workplace by the employer or agent of the employer or by another employee because of sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, or disability.

nationwide surveys
Nationwide Surveys

Nationwide surveys of Best Practice

tell us what employees want in the

workplace:

1. Respect

2. Healthy and Safe work environment

3. Trustworthy Senior Management

4. Work Life Balance

5. Sense of Pride and Accomplishment

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WHAT IS A RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE

It is one whereby Employees/ Employers

  • Feel safe
  • Are treated fairly
  • In a climate of respect and understanding
  • Included in decision making where appropriate
  • Both physical and psychological safety are

acknowledged

what can employers do
What Can Employers Do?
  • Have an anti-bullying policy
  • Clarify and communicate organization’s values
  • Use managers as role models
  • Develop open communication between management and employees
  • Provide a complaint process
  • Train managers and employees about bullying
  • Support interpersonal skills training for employees
  • Punish bullies
  • Don’t hire bullies
  • Conduct an employee survey
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What Can We (individuals) Do?

  • Be aware of our own behavior in the workplace.
  • Recognize that respectful workplace behaviors are consistent with a Healthy Workplace, which espouses a Culture of Safety.
  • Respect the diversity of our coworkers.
  • Know our rights as well as our responsibilities.
  • Know what our organizations policies are.
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What Can We Do? Cont’d…

  • Know the processes to follow when faced with a violation
  • Seek direction when needed. (RWP Advisor/EFAP)
  • Challenge disrespectful or inappropriate behavior when it happens (where able)
  • Report incidents of disrespectful behavior through the processes in policy
  • Work with Managers and other parties to resolve workplace issues.
  • Be confident in sharing your views, i.e. surveys
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Respectful Workplace

It’s Yours To Build

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Exercise

Goal Settings

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