Network - Fall 2011 - (Page 7)
Workplace Violence and Bullying
orkplace violence and bullying is an ever-increasing issue that can directly impact, not only company morale, but also an organization’s productivity and bottom line. According to Statistics Canada, about 356,000 incidents of violence occur in our workforce every year, with estimates placing the annual cost of workplace violence in Canada at $7.6 billion.
by Todd den Engelsen
What does that mean for you as an HR practitioner?
Ensuring a safe workplace secures the bottom line. As a critical business partner it is imperative you have your finger on the pulse of your organization. With Industry Canada reporting 2,289,329 businesses in Canada (January 2010), that means approximately one in six Canadian businesses may experience some form of workplace violence each year. These statistics are staggering and mean that as an HR professional you will, if you haven’t already, come across these issues a few times in your career. Workplace violence and bullying is an area where HR and health and safety intersect. How equipped is your organization to address these challenges? How can you contribute to creating a respectful workplace and assist in resolving these emotionally rife situations? This issue of Network magazine addresses these concerns head on. We have included articles on how to protect your employees and tackle instances of violence and bullying in the workplace by developing and implementing effective conflict resolution strategies. As always, I welcome your ideas, comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Todd den Engelsen, CHRP Chair, HRIA Board of Directors
Workplace violence and bullying is an area where HR and health and safety intersect. How equipped is your organization to address these challenges?
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Network - Fall 2011
HRIA Chair’s Message
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
Ask Field Law
The HR Office True-life Tales from the HR Profession
Index of Advertisers
Network - Fall 2011