By: Susan Coldwell
NSGEU continues to expand and develop its landmark bully-free workplace program called Bully-Free Workplaces: Shifting Culture as we enter our fifth year of program delivery. Our new theme, Shifting Culture, reflects the need to change organizational policies and procedures, leadership, and the workplace culture. We recognize that bullying is not solely about conflict between individuals.
We continue to offer the program in two-hour awareness sessions and six-hour workshops. New* We have recently added a two-hour, four-module format which increases the options for employers and employees who want more information but with greater flexibility in the delivery schedule. This module also involves an opportunity for skills practice in between sessions.
New* We offer leadership training for supervisors, managers, union representatives, human resources, and occupational health representatives. These are the employees involved in establishing policies and procedures, investigation of workplace bullying, and progressive discipline; and who are required to demonstrate leadership in promoting greater civility in the workplace and preventing psychological harm.
Organizations can help repair psychological harm in workplaces through our Restorative Practices program which uses principles of respect, responsibility, and reintegration.
An EMPATHIC program is available for those most directly affected by bullying behaviour and for those whom have engaged in bullying behaviour. The program offers opportunity for self-reflection through specific coaching and skills building to understand how one’s behaviour may impact another.
To date we have delivered the program to 14,201 participants in Nova Scotia. The program is also being delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island through our train-the-trainer program; and we continue to receive inquiries from across Canada.
We are excited to be entering our fifth year! As the program continues to grow, we are in need of more facilitators. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, please watch your email as we will be sending out an Expression of Interest later in the summer.