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Jul 03 2015

Reports of assaults and violence toward nurses rising, statistics show

Hospital staff

Over the past three years, reports of violence on hospital staff by patients and families of patients have been on the rise — in some cases doubling, according to information provided to Torstar news Service. In an email to Torstar news Service, a UHN spokesperson said the increases are likely due to changing violent incident reporting requirements. There are similar increases at other Toronto-area hospitals, statistics show.

The numbers underscore the need for improvements to hospital staff safety measures, something the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has long been calling for to better protect healthcare providers.

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Jul 02 2015

Addressing Mental Illness in the Workplace

Legal IntelligencerBy Beth Slagle

When it comes to dealing with mental illness in the workplace, employers and employees are caught in a catch-22 situation. The catch for employers is that they are responsible for the safety of their employees and the public, but are also obligated not to discriminate on the basis of disability. If they know that an employee suffers from a mental illness, they are obligated to ensure that the employee is not in a position to harm anyone, which in some cases may mean terminating the employee. Following the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in March, the media and many members of the public were quick to accuse Lufthansa Airlines of negligence for not realizing that the co-pilot was mentally ill. Whether the airline is at fault remains to be seen, but society (and often juries) are quick to judge when others’ lives are at stake.

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Jul 01 2015

7 solutions that could help stop rape on the night shift

lone workerBy Bernice Yeung

The night shift janitor is an easy target. Working in isolation, cleaners across the country say they have been harassed, assaulted and raped by supervisors and co-workers while tidying office buildings, shopping malls and universities, as our investigation exposed.

It’s an ugly phenomenon. But there are ways to tackle it. Some of them are simple, and some already are being tested.

Take the isolation, for example.

Here’s how one of the women in our story, Erika Morales, described it:

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Jun 30 2015

No, You’re Not Crazy! Workplace Bullying Is Real

stressed employeeBy Deidra A. Sorrell

What Is Workplace Bullying?

Workplace bullying is defined as persistent, hostile verbal and nonverbal aggression that victims perceive as efforts to harm, control or drive them from the workplace. These actions include yelling, threatening, gossiping, ridicule, social ostracism and public humiliation. Aside from simple personality conflicts at work, workplace bullying must occur regularly (e.g. daily or weekly) and be ongoing for at least six months.
Workplace bullying also includes a real or perceived imbalance of professional power (e.g. supervisor/subordinate dynamic) according to Dr. Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, professor at the University of New Mexico. The worst part about workplace bullying is that it is perfectly legal!

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Jun 29 2015

Five Things A Workplace Bully Will Say To Intimidate You

Forbes logoBy Liz Ryan

I would like to tell every young person starting out in his or her career not to be cowed and bullied. Most people you’ll meet in the workplace are awesome, or at least decent people, but a few of them are jerks.

It doesn’t matter what company you work for or which industry you choose. Everywhere you go you’ll find warm and supportive people along with fearful, not-to-be-trusted bullies.

Fearful people will try to intimidate you, whether you are a new college grad or a long-in-the-tooth business veteran like me.

They will put you down and try to get you to shut up. There is only one reason why a person would act this way, and it’s important for you to know the reason.

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Jun 26 2015

Violence Risk Assessment Workshop

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Ryerson University has invited ProActive ReSolutions to present a 5-Day Foundational Violence Risk Assessment & Management Workshop and has opened up this Workshop to the public.

The Workshop is taking place between August 10 – 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario.

Violence in higher education settings is a serious problem that has gained a great deal of attention over the last decade partly as a consequence of tragic cases involving students, staff, faculty and community members. Higher education settings have made significant advances during this time to understand the nature of this problem and to establish teams to address this problem.

This Workshop will provide an opportunity to learn new skills and build on existing skills in assessing and managing risk for violence. Not only will you learn about general violence risk assessment and management principles focusing on the most common forms of violence, but also about best practices supported by researchers and practitioners around the world. Successful completion will be recognized with a certificate.

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