Harassment

#MeToo unapologetically brought to light a necessary conversation about sexual harassment, and while a Canadian Survey highlights that 50% of Canadian working women have endured some form of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is not the only conversation we need to have about harassment. This section explores various forms of bullying and harassment in the workplace and provides you tips, tools, and educational resources to help you take steps to prevent workplace harassment in all of its forms. 

What can I do if I’m being Harassed or Bullied at Work?

Harassment and bullying at work can have an impact on your health and well-being. In fact harassment and bullying may have a psychological impact including causing stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, fatigue, frequent colds, migraines, high blood pressure, and depression. Speaking up about harassment in the workplace is not easy, but this information is meant to help you identify steps you can take to address harassment and bullying at work.

If you think you are being harassed at work:

1. Tell the person who is harassing you that the behaviour is unwelcome – be specific about the unwanted behaviour
2. If the harassment is threatening to your personal safety (assault, sexual assault, or criminal harassment) you should call the police
3. Write down where the harassment occurred, when it occurred, who engaged in the harassment, what specifically was said or done, if anyone saw it happen and what you did
4. Keep any correspondence you receive that is related to the harassment (i.e. emails that were sent, social media, text correspondence)
5. Find out your workplace policies and procedures and follow the procedures
6. Seek emotional support from family and friends

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Simple Safety for a New Worker

When you start a new job there is usually a lot of excitement and a lot to learn. Health and safety might not be top of mind for you, but it is important.

So, here 4 simple steps to take

1. Get on Board – understand your role
2. Get in the Know – understand common workplace hazards and how to find safety information
3. Get involved – learn how to participate in workplace safety
4. Get more help – understand who you can go to for help, and how to refuse unsafe work

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Stopping Stigma

It’s a fact… 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness. That is why it is important to take steps to stop stigma in the workplace. Here are six tips for creating an open and supportive workplace culture.

Tips for creating an open and supportive workplace culture

  • Educate and Inform
  • Create an environment where everyone can discuss mental health and wellness
  • Talk about mental health using respectful language and positive self-talk
  • Show you care - ask coworkers how they are doing, share your experiences
  • Be discreet – keep conversations confidential.
  • Encourage help seeking behavious
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External Links

Half of Working Women in Canada Have Endured Sexual Harassment

Canada Labour Code defines sexual harassment as “any conduct, comment, gesture, or contact of a sexual nature that is likely to cause offence or humiliation to any employee; or that might, on reasonable grounds, be perceived by that employee as placing a condition of a sexual nature on employment or on any opportunity for training or promotion.”

Did you know?

  • 50% of working women in Canada say they have experienced a “significant amount” (5%), a “moderate amount” (12%) or a “small amount” (33%) of sexual harassment over their careers.
  • More than half of working women in Canada (54%) say they have experienced conduct, comments, gestures or contact of a sexual nature that caused them offence or humiliation
  • Three-in-ten (30%) experienced conduct, comments, gestures or contact of a sexual nature that they perceived as placing a condition of a sexual nature on their employment or on any opportunity they might have for training or promotion.
  • Only 28% of working women in Canada who endured behaviour that placed a condition on their employment or future career reported it to a superior and/or human resources department.
  • Even fewer (22%) filed a complaint after being offended or humiliated by somebody else’s behaviour.

 

If you are being harassed at work please read our article What can I do if I’m Being Bullied or Harasses at Work

 

To learn more read the research article found at the link below.

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