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Section 4

Rights​ &​ Responsibilities​

Respect  

  •   Each employee has the right to be treated  fairly & respectfully in the workplace.  
  •   Each employee is responsible to treat co-  workers & customers/clients in a  way that  respects individual differences.  
  •   Regardless of your position, or that of the  people with whom you interact with,….  show mutual respect & consideration.  
  •   If you have doubts about whether a joke, comment, or behaviour will embarrass, humiliate, degrade or bother someone,… 

  then don’t say or do it!

Speak Up 

  •   If someone behaves in a way that offends,  harms, humiliates or degrades you, do not  put up with it.  
  •   If you feel that you can speak to that  person, do so.  Let them know how you feel.  
  •   Tell them the behaviour is inappropriate.
  •   If they continue the behaviour, report it.
  •   If you do not feel comfortable speaking to  someone about their behaviour, see your  supervisor or manager, to file a formal complaint.

Report Harassment  

  •   If you observe someone behaving in a way that seems embarrassing or harassing to someone else, you can & should speak up. 
  •   Let them know in a respectful way, you  think the behaviour is inappropriate.  
  •   If you think someone is being harassed,  let them know you support them in ending  the situation.  
  •   You may say something as the behaviour is  happening, or you may decide to speak  privately with either individuals involved.  
  •   You can also discuss the situation with  your supervisor, manager, human resources etc. 

Cooperate 

  All workers have a responsibility to cooperate in an investigation of a complaint. 

  •   Anyone who is involved in the process,  must keep this information confidentialexcept as necessary to deal with the  complaint.  
  •   These are serious issues & people’s  privacy must be respected.

Final Quiz

1. Workplace violence is defined under the Act as, physical assault or the threat of physical assault.

True
False

2. Examples of workplace harassment includes, pushing and shoving a person.

True
False

3. Swearing and using offensive language can be considered a form of verbal abuse.

True
False

4. You must cooperate during an investigation of workplace violence and harassment and maintain confidentiality.

True
False

5. Each person has the right to be treated fairly and respectfully in the workplace.

True
False

6. When approaching someone regarding a workplace situation, you should focus on the person not on the behaviour.

True
False

7. Unresolved conflict can lead to harassment

True
False

8. Workplace gossip is usually harmless and is not a concern.

True
False

9. Non-verbal bullying includes:

Staring or glaring
Sneering or smirking
Name calling
All of the above
Only a) & b)

10. If you feel you are being harassed, bullied, or intimidated you should:

Keep quiet and ignore it
Report to a supervisor or manager
Quit your job

11. A reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the workplace.

Is harassment
Is not harassment

12. The impact of violence and harassment on the workplace includes:

Increased absenteeism
Decreased productivity
Poor morale
Tension – conflict among staff
All of the above

13. The more you listen to gossip, the more you encourage it.

True
False

14. It is a good rule to always document any incidents of harassment or bullying.

True
False

15. When working alone you should:

Discuss your work plan, so others know where you will be.
Check-in regularly or have someone check on you.
Whenever possible, work in-sight of others.
Stay Alert
All of the above
Only a) & b)

16. Worker’s personal relationships and problems can also be brought to the workplace, however this is not the concern of the employer.

True
False

17. Under-reporting of workplace harassment and bullying is common because it may be seen as overreacting because there is no physical injury.

True
False

18. Conflict can be constructive and creative if handled properly.

True
False

19. Passive aggressive people are very upfront and honest about their thoughts and feelings.

True
False

20. Negativity includes spreading rumors, bad mouthing co-workers, management and the organization.

True
False

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