SOURCE: Crisis Prevention Institute

December 18, 2008 09:20 ET

CPI Launches Workplace Bullying Training Seminar

BROOKFIELD, WI--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - The Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. (CPI) has recently launched an awareness training seminar aimed at combating bullying, incivility, and disruptive behaviours in the workplace. Workplace Bullying explores the effects of bullying at work and outlines steps organizations can take to help prevent and respond to these challenging behaviours.

According to survey results from the Commission des Normes du Travail, up to one in 10 workers in Quebec have been the subject of harmful bullying, intimidation, or belittlement by a boss or coworker. The International Labour Organization stresses the importance of addressing bullying within the context of workplace violence, which also includes any type of discourtesy or disrespect, intimidation, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, assault, or physical violence.

CPI defines workplace bullying as behaviour that involves persistent and ongoing acts of incivility toward an individual or group. The psychological damage inflicted by workplace bullies on their victims is devastating and costly. As a result, organizations can experience reduced productivity, high absenteeism, high turnover, or increased likelihood of litigation.

The overall goal of CPI's Workplace Bullying seminar is to raise awareness and influence workplace behaviour related to building and maintaining respectful, service-oriented, and safe workplace practices. Participants receive a sample Workplace Bullying Prevention Policy that can be used as a template when developing policies and procedures appropriate for their organization.

The Crisis Prevention Institute is the world's leading training organization specializing in the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behaviour. CPI's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention(SM) training program and PrepareTraining® program focus on prevention and offer effective strategies for managing anxious, hostile, or violent behaviour. Since 1980, more than 5.4 million professionals have participated in CPI training, and thousands of organizations worldwide have successfully implemented CPI's unique behaviour management techniques.

Workplace Bullying is part of the CPI Matters at Work Series. The series addresses important issues that impact the safety and well-being of employees, visitors, guests, and coworkers in today's work environments.

For more information about CPI, its training programs, and its workplace violence prevention resources, please visit

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:
    Robert D. Rettmann
    Research and Communications Services Coordinator
    Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.