Building a civil, respectful workplace

Recent cases shed light on what’s required for psychologically safe workplace
By Owen Mahoney
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/24/2012

Bullying is a particularly pernicious form of harassment. It’s an attempt to intimidate and exert control over another individual, whether physically or psychologically, covertly or overtly.

It also involves belittlement and degradation. At its most extreme, bullying can result in physical assault, injury and even death, but it most commonly manifests in mental assault and injury.

Several high-profile cases highlighting the effect of bullying on worker mental health, along with other developments in the law, have contributed to an emerging consensus that an employer’s duty to protect worker health and safety includes threats to psychological and mental health.