WorkSafe BC Puts Workplace Bullies on Notice
In the recent Business in Vancouver article titled – “WorkSafe BC Puts Workplace Bullies on Notice” – Cori Maedel was asked to provide her expert opinion on the topic (October 29, 2013 edition).
” Human Resources | But experts say companies that want to get serious about tackling disrespectful behaviour need to be prepared to look at every aspect of their business. “
” The receptionist who was so aggressive that people started avoiding the reception area. Officemates who thought another worker’s phobia was funny, and showed her the object they knew would trigger a reaction. A boss who described herself as a “straight-shooter” to explain away her sharp-tongued volleys. These are just some of the examples of workplace bullying Cori Maedel has seen in her work as CEO of human resources consultancy Jouta Performance Group. “We’ve seen bad behaviour happen, and it’s often ignored,” Maedel said. She’s been talking about the issue more than usual lately. That’s because a new Work- SafeBC policy is about to come into effect on November 1. Under the new rules, employers must have a procedure in place to identify bullying, assess risks and take steps to prevent bullying and harassment.”
“ Bullying and harassment is everything about how you operate as a company,” Maedel said, “so if it’s not integrated into all your practices … it’s not broad enough. ”
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