Business 28: What Does Bullying and Harassment Mean for You and Your Workplace?

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Warm up

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  1. What industry do you work in and what is your role?
  2. What are your responses in your role / position?
  3. Can you describe to the function of your workplace / company?
  4. How many departments, how many offices. National or International?
  5. What is the Minimum requirements for employment ie Education or Experience?
  6. How many opportunities are there to ‘move up the ladder’?
  7. What is the process for changing job roles ie Interview? Test?

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General discussion about your workweek:

  1. Current projects? Deadlines? Opportunities?
  2. Anything of interest happening?

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Listening Questions

Before the video: Teachers will read the following questions aloud, please prepare for listening! 
Did not get please? If not, please tell your teacher specifically which part you did not understand. Let’s review the video again 🙂
  1.  What are 2 examples of bullying and harassment? 
  2. Employers must develop a what to address bullying and harassment? 
  3.   What do prevention officers do? 


  1. it seems like everyone is talking about bullying and harassment but what does it mean for you and your workplace. This video explains what workplace bullying and harassment is and what it’s not, legal obligations for employers supervisors and workers and where to get the information you need 
  2. so first off what is workplace bullying and harassment? it includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated. Examples could be yelling or name-calling, vandalizing personal belongings, harmful hazing or initiation practices
  3. There might be a single perpetrator or a group, there may be just one target or many. Bullying and harassment can occur between co-workers or between the employer and a worker or it can come from external sources such as members of the public, clients and customers or workers from other organizations. Bullying and harassment also extends to online activities; cyber bullying can occur through email, text messages, social networks and other websites
  4. What is not considered workplace bullying and harassment; managers and supervisors have many responsibilities, decisions relating to job duties, workloads, deadlines and performance management or the direction of workers and the workplace are not bullying and harassment. So what are your legal duties? employers have an obligation to take reasonable steps to prevent bullying and harassment or minimize it where possible. 
  5. Employers must also develop a policy statement that addresses bullying and harassment in the workplace, develop and implement procedures for reporting incidents or complaints and for how they will be dealt with. They also have to train supervisors and workers, supervisors and workers are required to comply with the employers policies and procedures and not engage in workplace bullying and harassment.
  6. Workers must report it when they see it or experience it, the bottom line is bullying and harassment is a workplace hazard that poses a risk to the health and safety of workers, as part of their responsibility to protect worker safety WorkSafeBC prevention officers will inspect workplaces to determine if employers have taken reasonable steps to prevent and address bullying and harassment. The occupational health and safety policies explain what WorkSafeBC considers to be reasonable steps for employers to take when bullying is reported, it gives employers an opportunity to take positive action, put an end to workplace bullying and harassment. An online toolkit is available that includes helpful information and advice for the resources you need visit slash bullying.


1. Have you ever experienced workplace harassment?

2. How does you workplace deal with complaints of harassment?.

3.  Discussion about workplace harassment in japan and around the world


  1. yelling or name-calling, vandalizing personal belongings, harmful hazing or initiation practices 
  2. policy statement.
  3. inspect workplaces to determine if employers have taken reasonable steps to prevent and address bullying and harassment 


  1. obligations / a duty / commitment 
  2. conduct / how you behave / perform 
  3. ought to have known – desired or ideal 
  4. humiliated / embarrass / shame – make someone feel foolish. Injury their pride.
  5. intimidated- frighten or overawe someone (especially to make them do what you want)
  6. hazing or initiation practicesHazing is any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate

    Police, university, government, professional sports, military, boarding school usually through Alcholol poisoning, beatings or emotional/mental abuse.

  7. perpetrator – the person who does something harmful, illegal, or immoral act.
  8. occur / happen / take place
  9. policy statement – rules communicated 
  10. implement / do / use
  11. comply / obey / observe / follow / respect 
  12. engage / participate or become involved in
  13. the bottom line is the fundamental and most important factor.
  14. poses a risk / poses a threat = is dangerous 
  15. Over 325,000 athletes at more than 1,000 National Collegiate Athletic Association schools in the US participated in intercollegiate sports during 1998–99. Of these athletes:

    • More than a quarter of a million experienced some form of hazing to join a college athletic team.
    • One in five was subjected to unacceptable and potentially illegal hazing. They were kidnapped, beaten or tied up and abandoned. They were also forced to commit crimes – destroying property, making prank phone calls or harassing others.
    • Half were required to participate in drinking contests or alcohol-related hazing.
    • Two in five consumed alcohol on recruitment visits even before enrolling.
    • Two-thirds were subjected to humiliating hazing, such as being yelled or sworn at, forced to wear embarrassing clothing (if any clothing at all) or forced to deprive themselves of sleep, food or personal hygiene.
    • One in five participated exclusively in positive initiations, such as team trips or ropes courses.

    1967Delta Kappa Epsilon, Yale University. Future president George W. Bush was implicated in a scandal where members of the DKE fraternity were accused of branding triangles onto the lower back of pledges

    1993–2007: in Indonesia, 35 people died as a result of hazing initiation rites in the Institute of Public Service (IPDN)

    2007: On June 26 at the Tokisukaze stable, 17-year-old Sumo wrestler Takashi Saito was beaten to death by his fellow rikishi with a beer bottle and metal baseball bat at the direction of his trainerJun’ichi Yamamoto.