March 24, 2021 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Presented by Adriana Berlingieri, PhD

To date, emphasis within the literature on workplace harassment and violence has focused on individual acts, actors (targets and perpetrators) and consequences. This focus has resulted in an understanding of workplace harassment and violence as fundamentally individualized and unrelated phenomena exerting a profound influence on the practices taken up by organizations to address them with an emphasis on intervention rather than prevention.

This presentation focuses on what it means to shift from the dominant view of harassment and violence at work as a strictly individualized phenomenon to a social phenomenon, with a focus on the implications for organizational practices and the possibility of achieving long-term, systemic change. Central to this approach is a broad conceptualization of violence that includes multiple, interrelated forms, including forms of harassment. It also requires an understanding of the organization as a social system, not divorced from society in general.

Through this lens, the presentation includes a discussion of two projects being conducted at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, these projects conduct actionable research that inform the development and implementation of practices for federally regulated workplaces. The projects aim to assist workplaces in meeting their responsibilities related to changes to the harassment and violence provisions of the Canada Labour Code as well as to bring about meaningful change in the prevention of harassment and violence at work.

 

About the Presenter

Adriana is an organizational consultant, researcher, and educator/facilitator with expertise in workplace harassment and violence. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and an Academic Research Associate with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Western University. Adriana has extensive professional experience in senior positions in the areas of learning and development within organizations in an array of sectors internationally. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals.



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