Bullying – Where is Your Workplace?

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Blog Posts
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To often we think of bullying amongst children and we forget to look within our own homes, out on the playgrounds and even how we look at bullying in the workplace.

Everyone of us has a story. whether we were bullied as a child, saw bullying going on, saw it in the workplace or even at the local stores. I know a few weeks back, I saw bullying occur in a family at a table across from me. I was aghast at how blatant the action was. I wanted to step up and say something. Did you know that a good percentage of people won’t approach a bully due to the repercussions to the victims, to the public and to the person who steps up and defends!

Take a few moments to reflect on what defines bullying:

Repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person’s body, emotions, self-esteem or reputation.

Recently in Canada there have been several deaths to teens with respect to bullying. This is unacceptable.

There have been numerous incidents in workplaces as well that have caused distress and death. This is unacceptable.

With the new OSH laws in Canada respecting Workplace Violence and Harassment, employers are striving to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. How do we ensure the mental health and well-being of our employees if we tolerate it in our homelife, or see it on the street? Where do we draw the line? We educate and stand up, we express what is and what is not acceptable and we follow through on consequences.

Excellent Resources for Employers:

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/bullying.html

http://www.workplaceanswers.com/anti-bullying

http://www.employmentlawtoday.com/articleview/16290-british-columbia-targets-workplace-bullying

 

 

 

Excellent resources for Parents:

http://bullyingcanada.ca/content/239900

Too help teens report bullying:

http://www.stopabully.ca/

 

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Excellent community groups:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BE-BOLD-Campaign/536542519730864

Upcoming Events in BC for Be BOLD:
http://hosted.eventful.com/vancouver/events/bold-campaign-official-launch-gala-/E0-001-057326440-2

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