Bullying & Harassment
In stressful times, people may not behave as they normally would. This may escalate mental health concerns and/or lead to violence, bullying, or harassment.
Employers have a duty to take reasonable steps to minimize or eliminate the risk of violence, bullying, and harassment in the workplace, whether the source is an employee or a member of the public. Be aware that these can take the form of swearing, verbal abuse, pranks, arguments, spreading rumours, property damage, vandalism, and more.
See the Government of Alberta’s Workplace Harassment and Violence webpage for more information.
Preventing a Hostile Work Environment
It is important that everyone in the workplace (employees, supervisors, contractors, etc.) understands their duties to prevent bullying and harassment. Take all complaints of bullying and harassment seriously and ensure you have clear policy about reporting procedures if it should happen.