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Partnering to Prevent Workplace Bullying and Mistreatment Using International and Integrative Perspectives

Thursday October 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET

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​Workplace bullying and mistreatment are serious and costly problems for organizations and society. The Workplace Bullying and Mistreatment Partnership for Prevention is an innovative, multiyear, partnered research approach to generate evidence in Manitoba supporting prevention policies, practices, and initiatives. Traditionally, Canadian studies in this area are cross-sectional with small datasets and so the scope and impact in Canada are unclear. Led by Dr. Karen Harlos from the University of Winnipeg and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the team brings together interdisciplinary researchers across Canada, the UK, Germany, and Denmark, as well as decisionmakers and policy analysts from partner organizations, to produce large datasets using longitudinal, multimethod research. In this webinar, we describe the unique collaboration with the Manitoba Teacher’s Society (MTS)—a provincial organization representing 15,000 public school teachers on a variety of topics including labour matters, collective bargaining and professional issues­—to pursue our shared goals of preventing workplace bullying and mistreatment and promoting safe and inclusive schools for educators.    

You will learn:

  • A new methodology around the use of educator-focused surveys and focus group interviews to learn about employees’ experiences from multiple perspectives: target; observer, and perpetrator
  • The prevalence and impact of workplace bullying and mistreatment within this context
  • Whether certain groups of employees run greater risks of exposure to and negative impact from workplace bullying and mistreatment, along with factors related to seeking help and the importance of policy and training on prevention
  • How results can guide decision and policy support as well as practice change where needed through collective bargaining and collaboration where possible with stakeholders such as Superintendent groups and School Boards​

Karen Harlos, PhD

Professor, Department of Business, University of Winnipeg
Dr. Karen Harlos is Professor and past Inaugural Chair, Department of Business, University of Winnipeg. Her field is organizational behaviour and she researches workplace bullying and mistreatment, how employees respond, and worklife quality. Dr. Harlos has led and served on several large research teams. Currently, she leads a 4-year project on workplace bullying and mistreatment prevention in four large Manitoba organizations with Canadian and international scholars ( Her published work appears in numerous academic journals and she has presented at conferences and workshops around the world. She also trains and consults on conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, and psychologically healthy workplaces (

Darren Hardy

Teacher Welfare Staff Officer, Manitoba Teachers' Society
Darren Hardy is a Teacher Welfare Staff Officer working for the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.  He has worked in public education for over 20 years, and has current responsibilities that include Personnel, Collective Bargaining and Workplace Safety and Health.​


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