Address a respectful workplace issue
Last updated: February 4, 2022
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As outlined in Where Ideas Work: 2020 Corporate Plan for the BC Public Service, we all have the right to be respected, and to work in an environment free from racism or any other form of discrimination. When inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour occurs in the workplace, it needs to be addressed.
Discrimination, bullying and harassment define a wide range of inappropriate behaviours that can occur in the workplace.
When inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour happens in the workplace, it needs to be stopped.
We all have the right to work without discrimination, including the right to work without sexual harassment.
Employees may need to consider initiating a formal complaint process after their attempts to raise issues and have them resolved through communication or other interventions are not successful. Employees are encouraged to contact AskMyHR (IDIR restricted) or their supervisor for guidance if they are considering proceeding with a formal complaint.
Supervisors need to establish or re-establish positive workplace relationships after a significant conflict or formal investigation. Restoring the workplace requires leadership commitment and intentional, sustained efforts to change the culture of a work team or organization.
Involved in a respectful workplace issue?
The BC Public Service is committed to a culture that supports employee safety and health.
Whether you're managing your own health or looking for information to support your team, we have the resources and supports you're looking for.
- HR Policy #11 - Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
- Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment FAQs (PDF, 105KB)
- Words Matter: Speaking Up for Inclusion (PDF, 55KB)
- Building a Respectful Workplace: Checklist for Employees (PDF, 82KB)
- Building a Respectful Workplace: Checklist for Supervisors (PDF, 82KB)
- Conflict Management Office
- Employee and Family Assistance Services
- People Leaders' Advice Line