Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.

Anyone with children in school knows how more attention is paid to the issue of bullying than ever before. Most educators and parents have gone to great lengths to address bullying, and indeed initiatives like Pink Shirt Day have helped.

In the workforce, sadly, it’s still an issue for some people. This week, in the final part of our month on Psychological Safety, our Wellness program addresses it. Good thing, too, as surveys show 13% of men and 19% of women have experienced harassment in their workplace in the past year. FAR TOO MANY! This leads to employees taking twice as much sick time as normal, and their productivity plummeting.

Let’s be clear: BC law says employers, workers and supervisors must take all reasonable steps to prevent where possible or otherwise minimize workplace bullying and harassment. (See WorkSafeBC details HERE.)

Bullying should have no place anywhere in our society.

ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 50 companies, and thousands of construction professionals, better understand mental health. The program is free for ICBA members — see icba.ca/wellness.