Go Figure: How toxic are B.C.’s workplaces?

Time for a hard look at your office culture, B.C.

Credit: Drew Beamer/Unsplash

Time for a hard look at your office culture, B.C.

With the feds adding new Labour Code rules against harassment and violence this year, we measure the province’s workplace toxicity levels.

31 percent of British Columbians say they’ve been bullied in the workplace

20 percent know of a coworker who has been bullied on the job

1/2 reported the bullying

1/4 of employers took action

61 percent of B.C. women have experienced sexual harassment at work

7 percent say there was a “significant amount” of harassment

24 percent say they perceived pressure related to their employment, training or promotion

Canadians in a 2016 survey who said they had experienced verbal abuse, humiliating behaviour, threats, physical violence or sexual harassment at work during the past year: 

Women: 19 percent; men: 13 percent

Last year, the federal government offered almost $2.8 million in funding for the Roadmap to Future Workplaces project, which aims to help businesses comply with the new anti-bullying regulations

In 2018, WorkSafeBC received 3,585 enquiries related specifically to bullying and harassment, a 41-percent increase from 2016

Workers most likely in Canada to experience bullying or harassment:

In a recent national survey, 2/3 of employees with mental health issues worried that their career options would be limited if their workplace knew

A study of some 14,000 U.S. and Canadian workers who had experienced incivility at the office found that 48 percent intentionally decreased their work effort

2/3 of British Columbians say their workplaces have policies related to bullying, the 2nd-highest rate in Canada

64 percent of those say the policies are effective

Sources: Forum Research, Canadian Legal Information Institute, Insights West, Ipsos, Statistics Canada, WorkSafeBC, Morneau Shepell, UBC Sauder School of Business, Harvard Business Review