WELCOME TO THE BULLY-FREE WORKPLACES PROGRAM
Bully-Free Workplaces is an educational program to address bullying as a particular form of workplace mistreatment and as an occupational health and safety risk. In 2013 the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (The Standard) became the benchmark for all workplaces to measure their ability to prevent harm to the mental health of employees and promote mental health in the workplace. The Bully-Free Workplaces program was already aligned with The Standard.
Workplace bullying is defined as a pattern of behaviour that is repeated, persistent and ongoing; it offends, humiliates and intimidates. It involves an imbalance of power whether amongst peers and colleagues, managers to employees, or employees to managers; and harms physical and psychological (mental) health and safety of individuals and organizations.
WORKPLACE BULLYING IMPACTS MENTAL HEALTH
How people treat one another at work has a significant impact on employee well-being and resiliency. On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental ill health. More than 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are attributed to mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Approximately $51 billion each year is lost to the Canadian economy because of mental illness.
Health concerns related to workplace bullying are the same as the top three mental health concerns in workplaces. (insert diagram)