Bullying And Harrasment

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Bullying and harassment: Still a problem in workplaces
It’s been more than two years since Bill 168 came into force in Ontario. The bill, which amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act by requiring employers in Ontario to put policies and programs into place dealing with workplace violence and harassment, came into force on June 15, 2010.

The legislation requires employers to conduct violence risk assessments, deal with the spillover effects of domestic violence and warn employees about individuals with a history of violence. But perhaps most importantly, for the first time — in Ontario at least — legislation now bans workplace harassment based on reasons other than those amounting to prohibited grounds of discrimination under human rights legislation.

Yet, in spite of legislation like Bill 168 and other forms of redress under the common law, bullying and harassment remain serious problems in the workplace. Over the past few weeks, I've received numerous press releases and articles on this topic — indicating it’s an issue that is still top of mind for many employers, HR professionals and employees.

Most of us have probably been a victim of workplace bullying at some point. I know I have experienced mild bullying in a couple of previous jobs, so I hate to think what people experiencing severe bullying go through.

But even mild bullying masked as “strong management” can make you feel powerless. You start to really dislike going into work. Sunday nights especially fill you with dread for the coming week.

While bullying can be perpetrated by anyone in a workplace — including superiors, peers, customers or even subordinates — often it seems workplace bullies are in some sort of position of power or authority over their victims. This type of behaviour is often perpetrated under the guise of trying to improve productivity or performance.

According to Lisa Barrow, assistant professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., and author of...
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