- 30, 2019
Mental Health and Work
By: Ruthann Weeks, CIRS Founder: Harmony Training & Development 1 minute read On this Mental Health Awareness day made famous by Bell Media #Letstalk, I reflect on how to best approach the issues related to creating positive workplace environments that contribute to health and well-being. Morneau Shepell released results of a study that indicates that although overall workplace stress levels are higher for both employees and managers over five years ago, the sense of stigma th...
- 07, 2018
The Human Side of Human Resource Management
By: Ruthann Weeks, CIRS Founder, Harmony Training & Development 3 minute read While working in human service roles, I was privileged to assist people in crisis and work with them to devise plans to access programs and resources. The most rewarding part for me was to see their stress level drop as they gained hope and found light in their hardship. Life is messy. Every one of us will face a circumstance or situation that is bigger than us at some point. That is bigger t...
- 13, 2018
Think Domestic Violence Doesn't Affect Your Workplace? Read Stan and Linda's Story
By: Ruthann Weeks, CIRS Founder, Harmony Training & Development 5 Minute Read Linda has been with Stan for 19 years. Theirs started out like many other college romances. They were so in love they barely made time for their studies and were consumed by their relationship. Stan wanted Linda all to himself. He could not get enough of her and every moment not taken up by classes or work, they were together. Linda thought it romantic. They graduated and got married righ...
- 03, 2018
Domestic Violence Training
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT WORK Signs - Symptoms – Solutions November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta! Businesses lose millions of dollars in revenues related to the effects of family violence every year. Join us to define the complex and misunderstood issue as it affects the workplace and learn: Signs: What domestic violence looks like when it shows up in the workplace for both the perpetrator of violence and the target of the abuse. Symptoms: How workplaces are affected ...
- 29, 2018
A Re-framing: When Love Hurts
By: Ruthann Weeks, CIRS Founder, Harmony Training & Development 3 Minute Read I had some training recently in my area of expertise. I have spent many hours researching and training on domestic violence, specifically related to it’s affects on the workplace. Last week I learned that I had to unlearn some things. When Love Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Abuse in Relationships is authored by two women who have worked with thousands of abuse survivors over decades. ...
- 12, 2018
OH&S Changes in Alberta
June 1, 2018 sees the roll-out of the first overhaul of the OH&S code in Alberta in over 40 years. Along with the mandatory addition of Health and Safety Committees or Representatives, we at Harmony Training & Development are especially happy to see Section 27 of the code expanded to include harassment, including bullying and sexual harassment, and domestic and sexual violence added to workplace violence definitions. Alberta employees are responsible to train staff and implement p...
- 18, 2018
January 1, 2018, the Alberta Government adopted The Fair and Family-friendly Workplace Act that mandates up to 10 days of job-protected, unpaid, leave per year for those experiencing domestic violence. It could be to deal with personal injury, to seek counselling, to move, or any reason the employee relates to abuse at home. Let us know if we can help: Clarify what domestic abuse entails; offer advice on how to support those reporting abusive situations; workplace policy devel...
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