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No room for violence in the workplace

Toronto, ON -- Shoving; yelling; intimidating; throwing things. Each and all of these are signs of violence. A...


Toronto, ON — Shoving; yelling; intimidating; throwing things. Each and all of these are signs of violence. And while the physical assault aspect may immediately come to mind, workplace violence is a much broader problem. It includes any act in which a person is abused, threatened, intimidated or assaulted in his or her employment.

And it doesn’t have to happen at work. Work-related violence can occur at off-site business functions, at work social events, in clients’ homes or away from work but resulting from work, such as a threatening telephone call to your home from a client.

The message is clear, says the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) — if you see it, report it.

Employers can get the message across with new posters from CCOHS. The posters depict the long list of unacceptable behaviours that are considered to be violent or bullying acts and can help employees recognize the signs of workplace violence.

Violence and bullying can create stress, anxiety and low morale in employees and, ultimately affect the health of the individual and the organization. The first step in prevention is recognition, says CCOHS.

For more information, visit http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/bullying.html