Create a Safe Culture: Preventing Workplace Bullying


The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) defines workplace bullying as “acts or verbal comments that could ‘mentally’ hurt or isolate a person in the workplace.”

CCOHS notes that, while bullying is a workplace issue, it can sometimes be difficult to identify. Some examples include: excluding or isolating someone socially, intimidating a person, and constantly changing work guidelines.

Bullying can unfortunately create an unhealthy workplace that can have an increase in absenteeism, turnover and stress, as well as decreased productivity, motivation and morale.

One way employers can help is to create a workplace violence prevention program that addressing bullying behavior.

CCOHS offers many suggestions on what a workplace violence prevention program should contain. Some of those include:

  • Define what you mean by workplace bullying (or harassment or violence) in precise, concrete language.
  • State in clear terms your organization’s view toward workplace bullying and its commitment to the prevention of workplace bullying.
  • Outline the process by which preventive measures will be developed.
  • Encourage reporting of all incidents of bullying or other forms of workplace violence.

Have you had to address any incidences of bullying in your workplace? What do you feel is the best way in which to prevent employees from being bullied?

As you work to create a safe workplace for everyone, remember you can count on Seton to help prevent accidents and injuries.  Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit and we can help answer any safety product questions you may have.

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