alk Low, Talk Slow, And Don’t Say Too Much- John Wayne
This is a quote ascribed to the late, great movie star John Wayne.
It is sage advice from one of the world’s most famous screen cowboys, but the counsel is not just for those of his ilk but for all of us when it comes to reminding us how to behave.
Williams Lake is a cattle town in the heart of British Columbia’s interior countryside. It is home to one of the largest professional rodeos in Canada. 2015 will see its 89th Annual Stampede and will be host to cowboys from all over North America. Recently, the Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association (FARSHA) held an anti-bullying workshop for the employees at the Alkali Ranch in Williams Lake. The training workshop for the employees at the ranch coincided deliberately with Pink Shirt Day held on February 25th. The workshop dealt with the WorkSafeBC regulations focused on Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace which came into effect on November 1st 2013.
Employers and workplaces are required through WorkSafeBC to be educated in the procedure to report bullying in the workplace, and understanding what it is and what it is not.
The Conference Board of Canada came out recently with a report called “Workplace Bullying Primer: What it is and How to Manage It.”
The document abstract suggests that workplace bullying has always existed, but according to one prominent Canadian researcher, its prevalence and impact have increased dramatically since the 1990s. The 2014 high-profile case of the CBC and former star radio host Jian Ghomeshi, who was recently fired following allegations of sexual abuse, may be a tipping point in encouraging targets of abuse of any form to come forward.
An Info-graphic was also produced to highlight the main topics within the report.
A lot of what we know about bullying and harassment centres on understanding the benefits of learning respectful and appropriate communication skills.
Perhaps John Wayne had it right when he uttered that other famous quote:
“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.”