“Build or Battle: Workplace Community and Territory Violence” by Diana Chomichuk, Human Resource Strategist, HR Inc.

Aug 3, 2011 | Corporate Member News

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Manitoba: the most violent province for Canada according to Statistics Canada. People in our community go to work and so, there is more potential for workplace violence. Leaders, managers, and employees of all kinds are under-pressure to produce, and contribute to results for business survival, and job security. 

Frustration, tension, and stress are ingredients for workplace mental health challenges, psychological violence (bullying or mobbing), and physical violence. The Canadian Mental Health Association reports that about one in five people (20%) will experience mental disorder. For Manitoba, the number is one in four (25%).  In organizations, this equates to almost 13 of every 50 employees that have a mental health illness plus add-in an estimated 5 more employees that have an undiagnosed or emerging mental illness and the percentage rockets close to 36% of your workforce.

Our workplaces have generations and those generations are subtly in-fighting creating productivity losses affecting profits. Veterans return to the workplace as contract experts who demonstrate savvy and skill unknown to some baby boomers causing hidden resentment. The economic pension dive has created some bitter baby boomers to territorial bullying to protect their retirement nest egg. A fair majority of Generation Y, a large cohort, is under-skilled, overconfident, and enjoys public event ‘flash mobbing’ which surfaces in the workplace as illegal harassment mobbing according to Manitoba Health and Safety legislation. Generation X, a lost and left-out generation, may be silent and/or not present in your organization; likely subject to ‘sandwich harassment’ from both of these larger cohort generations. The Me Generation is just entering the workplace.

Workplaces that provide good employee mental health achieve more through greater morale and productivity. There are simple and cost-effective actions workplaces can take to improve member performance, keep talented employees, and create positive workplace climate.

Why invest in mental health? All forms of workplace violence can be connected to mental un-wellness and eventually, mental disturbance and then, mental illness. Workplace employee health investments are cheaper than lawsuits; legislated penalties for non-compliance to the Manitoba Health and Safety Act and the Manitoba Human Rights Act; production work stoppages due to violent employee behavior (verbal or bodily assault); payments to and hiring costs due to short-term disability and long-term disability; workplace riots; loss of work productivity, and business opportunity lost.

HR Inc. conducted a public opinion poll with employees and managers to identify where the gaps are in today’s workplaces and results are: a) non-traditional forms compensation: rewards, and recognition, b) training, education, and development, and c) effective interpersonal relations.

Can your organization afford the ‘elephant’ to morph into the ‘moose on the boardroom table’ that then fuels the ‘monkey’ of workplace disengagement? There is no question that you need to keep your business moving forward by taking strides to create, maintain, and achieve even higher levels employee productivity through acknowledgement, recognition, training and prevention.

Diana Chomichuk

Diana Chomichuk is the Human Resource Strategist in the Winnipeg office of HR Inc., focused on human resource and general management consulting. Diana served as a Corporate Human Resource Manager with an international Canadian-based manufacturer; one of Canada’s 50Best Managed Companies, served as lead senior human resource consultant with a provincial financial trade member association, and as the Manager with a Western Canadian Management Consulting and Advisory Services human resource management team.  Diana has 15+ years of strategic human resource management experience plus 25 years in client customer service management. 

Diana Chomichuk

Miss Chomichuk is a strategic human resource expert, learning facilitator, professional speaker, coach, and leader. Diana has served executive, leadership, management, and 1000s of team members in industry, public service, and public practice.  Diana has consulted to Canadian businesses and has travelled to discover ‘the employee experience’ in other countries. Diana is the keynote trainer for HR Inc.’s management and leadership training programs. She facilitates training programs in employee relations, the employee experience, recruitment and selection, strategic planning, life skills, career management, and a host of work-required competency training like: time-focus management, customer service, and resilience at work. 

Miss Chomichuk is a sought after, engaged and dynamic professional speaker. Diana accepted speaking invitations from community and special interest groups on various human resource topics including career management and employee retention with the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Red River College, Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba Brandon Chapter, Manitoba Child Care Association, Manitoba Association of Volunteer Administration, International Personnel Management Association, and Employee Assistance Professionals Association of Manitoba. Her radio interviews with CBC990, CJOB68, and Radio-Canada centered on: employee retention, skills shortages, and employer key issues in talent attraction, acquisition, and retention. Contact HR Inc. via 1.204.898.1754 or email [email protected].

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