Bully-free workplaces: shifting culture

Over five years the program has been delivered to 14,201 participants in Nova Scotia. The program is also being delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island and with inquiries coming from across Canada.

Halifax (20 Oct. 2015) — The Nova Scotia Goverment and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) is continuing to expand and develop its landmark bully-free workplace program called Bully-Free Workplaces: Shifting Culture.

As the program enters its fifth year of program delivery, the new theme, Shifting Culture, reflects the need to change organizational policies and procedures, leadership, and the workplace culture. Bullying is not solely about conflict between individuals.

New modules offered

The union continues to offer the program in two-hour awareness sessions and six-hour workshops.

However, they have recently added a two-hour, four-module format which increases the options for employers and employees who want more information but with greater flexibility in the delivery schedule.  This module also involves an opportunity for skills practice in between sessions.

New programs

In addition, the program now offers leadership training for supervisors, managers, union representatives, human resources, and occupational health representatives. These are the employees involved in establishing policies and procedures, investigation of workplace bullying, and progressive discipline; and who are required to demonstrate leadership in promoting greater civility in the workplace and preventing psychological harm.

Organizations can help repair psychological harm in workplaces through the Restorative Practices program which uses principles of respect, responsibility, and reintegration.

An EMPATHIC program is available for those most directly affected by bullying behaviour and for those whom have engaged in bullying behaviour. The program offers opportunity for self-reflection through specific coaching and skills building to understand how one’s behaviour may impact another.

Highly popular program

To date the union has delivered the program to 14,201 participants in Nova Scotia. The program is also being delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island through our train-the-trainer program; and the union continues to receive inquiries from across Canada.

NSGEU/NUPGE is excited to be entering its fifth year! As the program continues to grow, there is a growing need for more facilitators. The union is actively recruiting individuals to be facilitators.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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