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)

 

 

 

Employer

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I am managing a workplace bullying situation

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Employee

I am experiencing bullying in the workplace

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Get a better understanding of how you align with the Standard and what steps you need to take to fill in any workplace gaps. Your Action Plan will help you assess policies and procedures, address bullying behaviours, and take positive action toward achieving a higher performing workplace.

“When our employees returned to the workplace after the Bully-Free Workplaces training, I noticed positive, personal changes in their behaviour. After completing the program myself, I could better understand their transformation.”

Supervisor

"We had an employee who attended Bully-Free Workplaces training use the documentation process [to record bullying behaviour] and was able to get a satisfactory outcome.”

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If you are experiencing bullying at work, empower yourself by learning about bullying issues, assessing your situation, and taking positive action. Your action plan will contain the resources and recommendations needed to help you improve your workplace environment.

“[After taking the Bully-Free Workplaces training] I decided on a more respectful way to approach fellow employees and I am now more aware of how my behaviours had been causing discomfort in the workplace.”

Employee