What is Bullying?

What is an abrasive personality? Would you say that bullying is intentional while abrasive personalities are not? Or does intention come into it at all?  Is it just impact? This is becoming a difficult ‘word’ to describe and I’m not sure that anyone really understands bully...

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Q & A with Conflict Canada – Bullying and Harassment

Interview with Conflict Canada on Bullying & Harassment (http://conflictcanada.com) Q. Why should an employer care about bullying and harassment? A. Well, for one thing it’s against the law. In B.C. we now have WorkSafe BC legislation; we have Human Rights laws; we have collective agreem...

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Diversity at Work and Systemic Discrimination

I recently did a couple of workshops about diversity in the workplace as it relates to recruitment and selection.  While speaking with the attendees, it became apparent to me that while many of them sincerely wanted to learn more about diversity and how they could be inclusive employers, a f...

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How to Avoid Workplace Investigations

We have become a far more litigious society.  Not that long ago, a workplace investigation was almost unheard of.  That is no longer the case; in fact, they have become far more common. With the new WorkSafe BC policy changes concerning duties and responsibilities of employers, supervisors ...

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Updating policies may mean new employee contracts

I recently had the opportunity to work with an organization that decided they wanted to update their employee policies and they were surprised to learn that they would also have to update employee contracts as a result. Why? The policies they were updating had an impact on the employment re...

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Dealing with Harassment and Bullying

As a manager or a supervisor, you have an added responsibility in terms of ensuring a safe workplace for your reports. It is up to you to be aware of potential signs of harassment or bullying and if you do, to act on them. You will also want to be very clear on what harassment means and to k...

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The damaging effects of Bullying

The case of Amanda Todd has really brought the topic of bullying front and centre.  We know that bullying occurs on the playground; in the schools; and in workplaces; and as a result of Amanda Todd’s very sad story we are seeing very clearly, that it also occurs on social media. What can par...

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Bill 14 – Updates

As I’ve discussed on previous writings, Bill 14 (BC Worker’s Compensation Amendment Act Section 5.1) has now passed legislation and comes into effect July 2, 2012. There is a lot of material being distributed by Work Safe BC as well as from employment lawyers to ensure that employers underst...

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Policies – things to think about

Management needs to have the latitude to make decisions – and – most employees want to feel like there are processes in place that make a workplace fair and everyone knows to some degree what is expected and that there is accountability. Basically, policies and procedures establish both the ...

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