by Jennifer Newman
Originally published: April 4, 2016
A lot has changed since WorkSafeBC launched their bullying and harassment toolkit, says workplace psychologist
The bullying and harassment toolkit launched by WorkSafeBC in 2013 has contributed towards healthier workplaces, but in order to be effective, managers and staff have to be willing to act and build on the policies.
That's according to workplace psychologist Jennifer Newman, who sat down with host Rick Cluff on The Early Edition to talk about why office bullying and harassment persists, and what can be done to stop it.
Rick Cluff: Has anything changed since WorkSafeBC began their anti-bullying initiative?
Jennifer Newman: WorkSafeBC was concerned about bullying behaviour going unchecked at work and the potential for psychological injury as a result. For WorkSafeBC, the definition of bullying is that a person knew or ought to have known, they were engaging in intimidating or humiliating behaviour towards another worker. That's on a single occasion, or as a pattern of behaviour.
Organizations had to have bullying and harassment policies, reporting and investigation procedures — as well as training on how to report and deal with bullying — in place by November 2013. A lot has changed with the advent of the legislation, but, as is always the case, more can be done.