A few months ago, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond announced
“Combating bullying has been a priority for our government, because bullying touches people of every age across our province. Since the first Pink Shirt Day, led by Premier Christy Clark, we’ve made it clear that bullying and harassment are unacceptable – at school and in the workplace.
… so it’s important to think about the role of mental health in the workplace. Many employers across B.C. already recognize that good mental health on the job means greater productivity, efficiency and creativity.
For employers who haven’t turned their attention to the topic, now is a great time to look at ways to prevent and address bullying and harassment that may exist in the workplace.
New WorkSafeBC requirements came into effect on Nov. 1, and WorkSafeBC has developed a great online tool kit to help employers, supervisors and workers. The online tool kit will help them identify cases of bullying and harassment, and has practical prevention tools as well. If prevention efforts fail, employers will have the information they need to help them address specific incidents. Information is available at:http://worksafebc.com/
It is critical for everyone to take a strong stand against bullying and harassment, whether at school or in the workplace”
let’s hope that negotiations can proceed with less bullying and intimidation in all public sectors as well as the private sector.