CREATING A SAFE & WELCOMING WORK ENVIRONMENT
In every province or territory in Canada, as well as for employees under federal power, there are human rights laws which make harassment in employment illegal. All employees have a right to work in an environment where their dignity is respected and they are free from harassment.
Stopping harassment and discrimination is not just the responsibility of the employer, the union, or the victim. Anyone who witnesses or observes verbal, written, graphic, or other behavior that may be harassing/discriminatory can play a role in stopping it. Harassment & discrimination in the workplace is as much a men’s issue as it is a woman’s issue.
We put together training presentations, guidebooks, and simple forms that can be adapted to any work environment. Feel free to download and make your organization a safe and welcoming workplace. You can download the media article about this initiative here.
GUIDEBOOKS FOR EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS
A Guidebook for Employees.
A Handbook for Employers, Contractors and Unions.
From the WorkSafeBC video series Prevent Bullying and Harassment in Construction. The first video in this series shows the character and sense of pride felt by those in the construction industry, leaving no room for bullies or bullying. The next three videos focus on the impact of bullying and harassment on workers in construction. This video series was created by WorkSafeBC in partnership with the BC Building Trades and Construction Labour Relations Association of BC.
The resource extraction industry has made a commitment to addressing the effects of violence in the workplace, in order to foster an environment where individuals can perform at their best. This film takes a look at men in the resource extraction communities who are joining the campaign to end violence against women. Resource extraction is an industry that primarily employs men. We know that the majority of men do not use violence or abuse toward women, but – by speaking up to the minority of men who do use violence – the majority can help change attitudes and behaviours that enable disrespect, violence, and abuse.
Many thanks to the funders of the film, Encana Corporation and the Province of BC.
Visit the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) website: http://www.endingviolence.org
RDTC (Newfoundland & Labrador) (MS ppt)
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Worksafe BC (MS ppt)
Workplace Bullying and Harassment. WorkSafeBC also has a website with tips and information about workplace bullying and harassment, available at WorkSafeBC.com/bullying.
The material in this section was adapted from material provided by North American Building Trades Unions Women in the Trades Committee, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and Chicago Women in the Trades.
The material in this section was adapted from material provided by North American Building Trades Unions Woen in the Trades Committee, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and Chicago Women in the Trades.
FORMS & TEMPLATES FOR SETTING UP A WELCOMING WORK ENVIRONMENT
A template for any organization to provide clear guidelines.
SampleSexual Harassment Policies (MS Word)
The two sample sexual harassment policies include key elements that indicate the seriousness of your organization’s stance against sexual harassment and the consequences to employees who engage in such behaviour.
Discrimination and Harassment Policy Checklist
Worker checklist (MS Word)
How to document incidents of workplace bullying and harassment
Reporting procedures (MS Word)
Sample procedures for workers to report to their employer incidents or complaints of workplace bullying and harassment.
Investigation procedures (MS Word)
These are sample procedures for dealing with incidents and complaints of workplace bullying and harassment.
Investigation form (MS Word)
This is an example of an investigation form that employers can use when investigating workplace bullying and harassment complaints or incidents.