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Nine reasons to make addressing domestic violence in the workplace your resolution in 2015

Improve our health. Spend time with loved ones. Develop work life balance. We often make personal New Year’s resolutions that focus on what we need to be healthy, happy, productive individuals. But what about New Year’s resolutions for the workplace?

Now we know: Domestic Violence is a workplace problem

*TRIGGER WARNING*

We chose to release the results from our survey about the impact of domestic violence on workers and the workplace results in the days leading up to December 6, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, our deadliest single, gender-based violent crime. 

As we remember the day of the Montreal Massacre, many of us also remember personal violence that we’ve experienced, or continue to experience.

A Time to Reflect – An Opportunity to Act

As we reflect on the past weeks and the events surrounding the brave women who spoke out to make allegations of violence by former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, we are reminded of the responsibility organizations have to protect their workers from workplace hazards. When people are afraid to talk about what is happening to them, at work or in the community, we all pay the price.

What about workplace responsibility?

Challenges to Women Speaking Out

Recent high profile cases including Ray Rice and the NFL and Jian Ghomeshi and the CBC have helped us to understand that happens in peoples’ private lives can have an impact in the workplace. The media coverage has highlighted the reputational damage that an offender or an alleged offender can do to his workplace. But, we’ve given less attention to an issue raised by the Toronto Star among others that the women making allegations against Jian Ghomeshi feared a negative impact on their careers.[i]

- See more at: http://makeitourbusiness.com/content/what-about-workplace-responsibility...

Challenges to Women Speaking Out

Recent high profile cases including Ray Rice and the NFL and Jian Ghomeshi and the CBC have helped us to understand that happens in peoples’ private lives can have an impact in the workplace. The media coverage has highlighted the reputational damage that an offender or an alleged offender can do to his workplace. But, we’ve given less attention to an issue raised by the Toronto Star among others that the women making allegations against Jian Ghomeshi feared a negative impact on their careers.[i]

- See more at: http://makeitourbusiness.com/content/what-about-workplace-responsibility...

 

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