As Canada’s highest court considers a B.C. case that could change the way workplace bullying and harassment cases are dealt with, Vancouver Coastal Health is seeing a drop in the number of bullying reports.
Statistics from the health authority show fewer employees are calling its bullying hotline.
Last year saw 184 anonymous calls, compared to 269 in 2015.
Hospital Employees Union spokesperson Mike Old says VCH has made sure they have the right Human Resources capacity to handle bullying.
“And they’ve done a lot of internal education among their staff, and there’s 15,000 people who work at Vancouver Coastal Health so it’s a big job, but they’ve been very proactive about providing education in the workplace about bullying and harassment.”
“We all have to work as hard as possible to reduce bullying and harassment, so you know, are we satisfied with the situation as it stands now? Well, I don’t think any of us are satisfied until we’ve been able to reduce it to zero but we’re making good progress and that’s important.”
Old says it’s important for all employers to provide a respectful workplace where people can feel comfortable to address their concerns and that they’ll be dealt with.