March 17, 2016

Bully Free Workplace Program in PEI

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees is working in cooperation with the Provincial Government to deliver an internationally recognized Bully - Free Workplace Program to Civil Service and Health PEI employees. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) endorses the Bully Free Workplace Program.

The Bully-Free Workplace Program is a peer-to-peer facilitation program designed to foster a more civil and respectful workplace resulting in healthier workplaces with lower rates of employee absenteeism and turnover. The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) developed, tested and implemented the program in Nova Scotia. PEI UPSE launched the program in Prince Edward Island in 2012, and since this time delivered workshops to approximately 2,000 members.

Karen Jackson, President of PEI UPSE, says "the union has been busy this week hosting a training session for facilitators of the PEI UPSE Bully Free Workplaces Program. Susan Coldwell, the Bully Free Coordinator from NSGEU is delivering the training. Our goal is to train more UPSE facilitators so they can go out into the workplace to deliver the Bully Free Workplace Program to workers and employers."

Jackson explains that the program covers topics for both employers and employees. "It builds awareness about what bullying is, how to recognize it, and how to prevent it from recurring. Bullying is a form of workplace violence and statistics show that 75% of those who experience it will leave their jobs. Bullying creates more stress in the workplace and ultimately to reduced productivity."

"I'm very encouraged that the government is in full support of this initiative. Everyone has a responsibility to stop bullying, both workers and employers must work together toward a bully free workplace. I also want to thank Joan Jessome, President of the NSGEU for her support and for allowing PEI UPSE to adapt the Bully Free Workplace Program for Prince Edward Island," says Jackson.



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