Network - Fall 2011 - (Page 27)

O Feature Workplace Bullying An Employer’s W Obligations procedures utilized for improper purposes. The use of groundless discipline or competence procedures, undue pressure, impossible deadlines, unnecessary disruptions or constant dismissal of suggestions are equally poisonous to a workplace as overt name-calling or social ostracism. Most forms of bullying share certain key features: repetition, duration, escalation, and the creation or maintenance of a power disparity. Unlike workplace harassment, which can be a single unrelated incident, bullying develops over a period of time. The evolution of the bully’s behaviour can make reporting increasingly difficult on the bullied individual and early discipline is necessary to prevention. By Ian Hanson orkplace bullying and harassment are serious threats to the health and wellness of employees and employers, as well as the economic interests of organizations themselves. Bullying in the workplace can be loosely defined as persistent aggressive or unreasonable behaviour towards a co-worker or subordinate. This behaviour may manifest itself verbally, psychologically or physically. Although most forms of bullying are easily recognized, others may be imbued in the corporate persona and recognized as accepted practice. It is relatively easy to recognize personal attacks as bullying. Less obvious are internal workplace The effects on an individual due to persistent bullying and harassment are well known, ranging from increased stress and loss of confidence, to physical symptoms such as insomnia. More recently, organizations have realized how bullying affects the workplace itself: increasing absenteeism, turnover, stress, costs for employee assistance programs and decreasing morale, productivity and motivation. In recent years, governments across Canada have recognized the need to protect employees from harassment. In Saskatchewan, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires an employer to ensure employees are not exposed to harassment. The definition of harassment The evolution of the bully’s behaviour can make reporting increasingly difficult on the bullied individual and early discipline is necessary to prevention. NETWORK O Fall 2011 O 27 http://www.hria.ca

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Network - Fall 2011

HRIA Chair’s Message
HRIA Membership
The Bully Wears Heels
Workplace of Respect — Addressing Violence & Bullying
Cyber-Bullying — A Workplace Issue
Workplace Bullying: North America’s Silent Epidemic
Workplace Bullying — An Employer’s Obligations
Seeing the Warning Signs — Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Legal Source
Ask Field Law
The HR Office True-life Tales from the HR Profession
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers

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