Workplace bullying and harassment—intended or not—can create a poisonous work environment that negatively impacts productivity. Workers targeted by bullies may be anxious coming to work and may not be able to respond and assess risk appropriately. Bullying can increase the costs of violence-related injuries and disrupts work and impacts morale.
Harassment is a form of discrimination that results in a worker being intimidated, demeaned, humiliated, or belittled based on characteristics of groups protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act—such as sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, and age. If it is not addressed promptly and effectively, it can impact relationships with employees and damage your reputation with your customers and clients. It can also affect your ability to attract new talent to your team.
Adult bullies may:
A full and comprehensive workplace health and safety program includes policies and procedures to respond to bullying and harassment in the workplace.