When we think of bullying we think of the media coverage of teen suicide, which by the way is the third highest cause of death in young people. For every suicide there are 100 attempted suicides. As someone who was bullied at that age I can empathize although it was never to that extreme.
If you think that these high school bullies stop their actions when they get to the workplace, think again!
I recently took a workshop on Bill 14, WorkSafeBC’s Bullying and Harassment legislation with Human Resource practitioners and Managers. When asked if there was bullying in their workplace, 67% said yes!
Workplace bullying can seriously impact employees and manifest itself as;
- Anxiety and depression
- Digestive issues
- High blood pressure
- Relationship issues in personal life
- Post traumatic stress disorder
If you are in business, this affects your bottom line in the following ways;
- Increases the cost of sickness benefits. Premiums are based on usage.
- Lowers productivity due to absenteeism and lack of motivation. In the UK it is estimated that each year 18.9 million workdays are lost due to bullying.
- Increases employee turnover. Recruitment and training is costly.
- Affects your ability to recruit quality employees. Your reputation is your key recruitment tool.
If you are registered with WorkSafeBC, you are legally required to do the following;
- Develop a policy statement on bullying and harassment
- Take steps to prevent or minimize bullying and harassment
- Develop and implement procedures for workers to report incidents or complaints
- Develop and implement procedures for dealing with incidents or complaints
- Inform workers of the policy statement and steps taken to prevent bullying and harassment
- Train supervisors and workers
- Annually review the above
This legislation went into effect in November 1, 2013. Full details and resources are available on www.worksafebc.com If you require assistance please contact us for a free consultation.