Safe Workspaces: Starting a Dialogue and Taking Action on Harassment in the Public Service

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The Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick, has released the report, Safe Workspaces: Starting a Dialogue and Taking Action on Harassment in the Public Service.

The report includes recommendations made by the Deputy Minister Task Team on how federal organizations can prevent harassment, support victims, and respond to allegations ranging from incivility, bullying and intimidation, to sexual harassment and forms of physical violence. The report is based on extensive consultations with human resources professionals, young employees, persons with disabilities, managers, executives, and deputy ministers and follows thorough review of the Government of Canada’s harassment framework.

At National Defence, Deputy Minister Jody Thomas recently reiterated senior leadership’s commitment to ending harassment and building a respectful workplace.

A healthy workplace is essential to the physical and psychological health of all Defence Team members. Defence leadership will continue to establish a culture of collaboration and respect, and find harassment resolution processes and solutions that will contribute to building a healthy and respectful workplace for all. Achieving this requires the support and commitment of members across Defence.

The Safe Workspaces report can be read in its entirety at https://www.canada.ca/en/privy-council/corporate/clerk/publications/safe-workspaces.html

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