Workplace violence includes any physical or sexual assault from a patient, client, supervisor, or co-worker. Behaviour such as pushing, hitting, pinching, or biting is violence. Verbal abuse, threatening language and harassment are also violence. Another form of workplace bullying and violence is destruction of property.
In addition to the physical injuries it causes, workplace violence can cause unseen stress and a dysfunctional work environment. Many employers are unaware violence is even occurring. Employers and workers must cooperate to create a violence-free workplace. Many employers adopt a zero tolerance policy to prevent workplace violence.
Bullying & Harassment
Everyone has the right to a healthy and safe work environment. Everyone in the workplace is responsible for ensuring appropriate conduct.
Employees must refrain from causing or participating in the harassment of others. Employers have the responsibility to ensure a harassment-free workplace.
By law, employers must:
- Develop and implement a harassment policy and,
- Ensure employees are not exposed to harassment.
Visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace page for more information including:
- what constitutes harassment,
- an employer’s guide to developing a harassment prevention policy and
- what you can do if you have experienced or observed harassment.