Defensive management in a bully-saturated era (Guest commentary)

Increased awareness of workplace bullying could increase risk of complaints against non-bullying managers
By Sharon Bar-David
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2008

Beware, HR professionals. Over the next few years, there will be a dramatic increase in employee complaints and legal action related to bullying.

There are three main reasons to brace yourselves. First, new anti-bullying legislation is already in place in Quebec and Saskatchewan and sure to launch in other provinces in the foreseeable future. Second, an increasing number of unions are including bullying-related clauses in their collective agreements, thereby raising members’ awareness and requiring greater organizational accountability.

Third, the issue has become a hot media agenda. To illustrate, in 1986-1987 bullying was mentioned in the