Your Employer Should Have Your Back Inside and Outside of Work.
No one should be afraid for their own safety in the workplace. Sexual harassment, bullying or being forced to perform unsafe work are just some of the safety issues that make going to work stressful. These types of violations can result in physical injuries, mental health issues and make your job unbearable.
Caring about your health and welfare shouldn’t just take place at your job. Outside of the workplace your employer should be able to provide you with proper health and drug coverage. No Albertan should have to worry about not having healthcare for their family or covering the cost of major prescription drugs.Tell Us Your Story
Harassment and Bullying at Work.
Harassment and bullying can come in many forms, and all of them can make work a living hell. Although we typically think of things that can cause us physical injury as a workplace hazard, harassment and bullying can be just as damaging. We’ve seen in the headlines just how prevalent workplace sexual harassment is and although people are beginning to speak out, a huge portion of victims are living in silence.
Work Stress is a Serious Health Concern.
Job stress is no joke and needs to be taken seriously. It can put an extreme amount of strain on both your physical and mental well-being. It has been found to be one of the leading causes of mental health issues in Canadians, with the most common issues being anxiety and depression. It can also lead to hypertension, obesity and heart disease. A study done by researchers at Stanford and Harvard found that a stressful workplace can actually even shorten your lifespan.
Dreading the Dangers.
Safety in the workplace needs to be taken seriously, or lives can be lost. Last year in Alberta alone 166 people died while on the job and research shows that almost 70 per cent of workers never report injuries because of fear of retaliation. Hazards can range from hot substances to lifting objects that are too heavy or even working for too many hours without a break. There are laws in place that say you have the right to refuse unsafe work, and your employer has to respect that.