Our Mandate and Our Philosophy
ABRC’s goal is to break the silence that enables bullying to continue.
We believe the first steps to enhancing safety in the workplace and preventing bullying, is to build knowledge, stimulate a variety of discussions, and teach about the signs, tactics, profiles, prevalence, and causes of bullying. Workers need to have an understanding and language to identify what is happening to them. With this clarity and validation, leaders and employees can prevent bullying, and/or intervene earlier before serious harm has occurred. Bullying most often takes a person’s voice away and leaves them feeling hopeless. We wish to prevent this from happening. ABRC provides support and resources to employers, and those affected by bullying. This includes those identified for acting out with bullying behaviours.
Our goal is to increase awareness and also intends to have more cases come forward. We wish to prevent isolation and harm. With more reports and complaints coming forward this abuse will be taken more seriously. We believe an Employer will seek to identify risk factors, concerns, and make necessary changes to protect and support all employees.
Fact: This is an insidious form of abuse that often takes place behind closed doors. When witnesses fear coming forward, employers, human rights commissions, unions, and insurance companies, including WCB, struggle to support those who are harmed. Very few complaints are filed and/or accepted, if the bystanders stay silent. Dissuasive statements e.g. ‘just stay under the radar’, ‘stop being so sensitive’, or ‘it’s just a personality conflict’, are avoidance statements which protect those who are offending employees rather than those who are being harmed.
ABRC’s collaborates with other professions to provide a wide range of diverse training, resources, and specialized services for employers and employees.
We wish to fill many gaps that exists in Alberta resources for those affected by bullying.
ABRC’s Philosophy on Workplace Bullying
At the Alberta Bullying Research, Resources and Recovery Centre Inc. (ABRC), our philosophy is simple; all voices will be heard. Together we will find a way for you to express your unique situation and find solutions that fit best for your needs. No matter how complicated, intense, confusing or hopeless your situation may feel, ABRC is here to support you through it.
ABRC will assist you to increase your awareness and provide you with prevention techniques. We offer supports to all ages, cultures, faiths, communities, and professions. We also welcome those who may be concerned that they themselves are acting out with bullying behaviours or characteristics.
Please contact us for a more individualized consultation at 780-965-7480
Each case of workplace bullying will be unique for every target, bully, bystander and others. It will depend on backgrounds, previous experience, and the environment. Workplace bullying is a complex and multi-layered phenomenon. There is no such thing as a one size fits all explanation or solution for cases of bullying.
The information provided on this web site is selected and designed by a variety of professionals including social workers, psychologists, youth workers, journalists, coaches, teachers, leadership experts, and more.
Contact ABRC or a professional in your area who is experienced, trained, and skilled at approaching these complex dynamics.