Facing up to harassment

Bullies, abusers a bigger problem than some admit
By Lynne Sullivan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2004

More than 20 years after harassment was officially recognized as a human rights violation, it is still prevalent in some organizations. Why? In those companies HR and management have not been doing their jobs.

Some level of harassment will probably always occur in the workplace. Some people will be arrogant and feel important enough to do as they please. Some will abuse power. Bullies will intimidate colleagues and managers. But why are HR and management sometimes reluctant to step up to the plate and do the right thing?

Sometimes HR executives think anti-harassment initiatives won’t be popular with the CEO. The truth is, once anti-harassment efforts prove successful, HR will get the kudos.