Linda provided an excellent, emotional and informative session on Psychological Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace to the Town of Redwater staff. I have never seen staff be so engaged in a training session. It was an emotional journey for some through the day touching on some life events. The feedback I received from staff was very positive after the training, it helped them face and process some personal as well as professional events that had occurred in their lives. Thank you Linda for being a receptive, open and compassionate speaker through this difficult subject.
Thank you for everything you’ve been doing these past few months to guide me and show me how to find balance, Linda. This has been one of the most astounding “when you’re ready to learn the teacher appears” experiences OF MY LIFE. I mean, wow- the timing of it all, and just YOU. Your approach, your realness, and your ability to cut straight to the heart of the issues are very unique, and in the most amazing sense. There aren’t a lot of people like you who have the ability to do that, and do it so well and so accurately. You have a gift, and I’m so thankful you are out there sharing it!
We can’t be more grateful to Linda Crockett and the Canadian Bullying Institute of Workplace Bullying. Her support and advice was decisive since the beginning until the end. Our daughter was a victim of bullying at her Junior High school. Some of the teachers, counsellor and principal were downplaying the situation to the point that the Principal of the school, mistreat our daughter abusing of her authority and trying to ignore the problem at the school, causing in addition to the situation extra stress and psychological anxiety. We heard about Linda Crockett and her expertise, and contacted her out of despair. She normally works with adults, but once she heard our case, she took it anyway. From the first moment, Linda has guided us in the right direction through all the steps. Thank you very much for putting a light at the end of the tunnel.
We feel fortunate to have partnered with Linda Crockett to implement the essential training and resources to bring forth meaningful change in our organization. Our employees responded quite favourably to the material delivered and the spirit of anti-bullying continues to be a large part of the identify of our organization.
Director of Human Resources- Homeland Housing
Since 2019, Linda has been providing Anti-Bullying training to participants of OSP’s Diversity Awareness and Skills Building Youth Program. Youth have consistently stated that they would recommend that others attend the training. Linda’s strong presentation skills and ability to customize presentations based on her audience, has provided youth participants with not only knowledge but tools to help ensure a safe space for themselves and others. We highly recommend Linda and her services.
On Site Placement. Manager, Training and Development
Linda is a very knowledgeable and engaged presenter. She knows the topic very well and can relate to the issues that employers, employees, and people have related to harassment and bullying in and out of the workplace. Her extensive education, experience, and passion on the topic was noticed by everyone in the room and left our office in a stronger, more collaborative place with a focused direction on striving for and maintaining a safe workplace, with specifics on how to protect both employees and employers. Most importantly, her presentation reminded us that we are all people who need to bond, be included, be respected, and protect each other.
BCMB Leadership Team
ABRC it is your support that helped me get moving and understand what I needed to do. You are great. There were 4 people in my art class dealing with the same thing I am. I have found since you began talking with me that I have been able to begin to say goodbye, and as my work base was only a small part of my life, I now remember that I have a life! I have begun to switch my focus towards the realization I have friends, family, and even my acquaintances, whom all value me. I have started to see what I have gained from my “farewell to the job” and what is actually real and meaningful in my life. As I decode my situation …I have realized I need to gain the ability to build healthy boundaries ….before I go back to work. I do not want to work so hard that it consumes me ….in the very way that the bullying did. Work, life, me …a balance… from now own. I have also gained an understanding that this process is messy! So, I am throwing out the work garbage, I have no attachment to this anymore, it’s all just things. I have also realized that I need to “take back me”from the bullying. If I continue to give in to the emotional control, I will continue to give pieces of me away to the bully. I know I can not change how these individuals continue to act, but what an executive coach has taught me is, I control how I respond. I have a one-year goal…..I accept that it’s going to take work to recover and move to forward. I am all in. I am worth it! I am going to stick to it. You are terrific! If I can ever help ABRC let me know.
I first contacted Linda on 24th October 2015 after reading several of her on-line articles about bullying in the workplace. I was desperate for help and support as I was going through a very traumatic time with my manager who had been bullying and harassing me for many years. I didn’t know where to turn, but Linda offered to help, she listened and understood what I was going through. She always returned my messages and even gave me her own email address so that I would feel safe and less threatened. Linda was my go-to person even though I was 4232 miles away. She offered advice and reasoning but was never pushy. She was right in everything she said, I tried everything to make my situation better but in the end the organization won and I ended up leaving, it was the only way to be free and out of the toxic environment. I hope to one day thank her in person as she gave me the strength and courage and determination to come to terms with my plight and to help myself by standing up to my bully.
Linda deserves this recognition as she puts the needs of others first, I always used to refer to Linda as “My Canadian Lifeline”!!
Falsely Accused of Being a Workplace Bully
Malicious Complaints and/or Biased Investigators Cause Serious Harm to Dedicated Employees
It was during a very dark period in my career that a friend suggested I contact Linda Crockett from the Canadian Institute of Workplace Harassment and Violence for support and guidance. During our sessions, it was here that my story unfolded. I was a leader of a large team, I supported them and I thought they supported me. We had our ups and downs and workplace type struggles over the years, but I truly felt we were committed to each other as a team. What I did not know until the day I received a call from our VP of HR was that a few of my team had banded together to lodge a formal bullying and harassment claim against me. I was completely shocked, I was devastated, confused, felt so betrayed and had completely lost my sense of centre and which way was up and out of this career altering situation. With Linda’s expertise in repair and recovery, I was able to identify the facts of the situation rather than focus totally on my horribly bruised emotions, I was able to process and understand my role in why and how it all unfolded, she helped me gain the courage to approach and work with my company on a clear and fair re-entry plan to protect myself from any future workplace mobbing impacts. They did not terminate my employment, as my direct leader and other senior people in the company knew who I am at the core, that these allegations were malicious and that I had the support of Linda, Alberta’s foremost expert in workplace bullying and harassment. After some time to heal and recover, all with Linda’s kind and wonderful support throughout the entire process, and with my leadership abilities shaken but not completely dissolved, I returned to work.
It has been almost two years since the bullying and harassment complaint against me and I am still at the same company, working with a different and wonderful team of professionals with whom we all respect and enjoy working together. I still have a deep passion for what I do. I learned so much about the impacts of workplace bullying and harassment and have made many conscious enhancements to how I lead that I know have been a benefit to my team, the company and myself. I hardly think of this time anymore, but I still often look back with so much gratitude for Linda and the role she playing in honestly saving my life and assisting me with the tools to not only survive, but ultimately thrive in ways I did not know that I could.
~ Anonymous Canadian Leader
Human Resources, Waterhen Lake First Nation
I would very much like to thank you for your presentation at our staff retreat. The presentation focused on work place bullying which does happen whether you’re an employee of a big corporation or an employee of a First Nation. We as employees felt we needed to address workplace bullying also known as lateral violence, the presentation was presented in a way where it was addressed using personal examples and I think this made a lot of us feel very comfortable. The group exercises made us think and made us feel comfortable with each other. Linda, you showed us you cared about what was happening in our work place and you were so willing to talk to our staff if they wanted to speak to you one on one. On behalf of our staff and Chief and Council, thank you!! I myself have seen the improvements in the staff relations, the communication has improved, it’s more open and I believe you have helped us put back the “team” into “teamwork”. Once again, thank you!!
Linda, you saved my life. Hearing you speak about your experience at the conference made me realize exactly what was happening to me. I’ve walking around in a fog feeling hopeless until I heard you say “Name It”. It was a life saver, the timing, your words. This has changed everything for me!
Linda, thank you for doing this work. It takes a lot of guts to stand up there (especially in social work) and speak out about this abuse. We never talk about this, well not openly. No one feels safe. It is needed and I hope more people will follow your lead and start sharing. More who talk, more are heard.
Junior High Teacher
Linda, I am always impressed and touched by your writing. Thank you for your deep honestly, it is a breath of fresh air.
Your presentation and compilation of resources are fantastic. You provide important information that social workers need to know if they encounter these issues in their work place. I have gained so much from this and I now I will step up and support my colleague who has been suffering for a few months now. Until now I just did not know what to do! Thank you ! Hope you keep on going with this!
Linda, you have been a wonderful support to me through all of my unfortunate work situation. I feel very fortunate to have had this contact with you. You have an important purpose and you are doing great work. I like that though you are developing your expertise in this area and have much more knowledge on this than I do, you are so open and you enjoy learning from your participants. We have shared and exchanged ideas and this makes me feel heard, understood, supported, and empowered. So thank you.
Your support has been incredibly valuable. It helps just to know that my concerns are valid. I can’t stand to consider myself a “victim” and I avoid engaging in dysfunctional relationships in my personal life so it upsets me to think that I can be forced into this role as a professional. Your work is important for I am sure there are many of us scared to come forward for many reasons.
I can not thank you enough for all of the support and advice that you have provided to me, which I have in turn been able to provide to my co-worker who is also in the same situation. In many ways bullying can be compared to being in an abusive relationship and one of the strategies that the abuser uses is to make you feel isolated and alone, so building connections with other strong individuals who are willing to support you really is one of the most effective ways of overcoming the abuse. It truly means alot to me. It also kind of freaks me out as I have not yet fully embraced/accepted technology and I still can’t believe that you can just meet people in your computer! Lol
For years I just knew that some dark cloud followed me where ever went in my job, but I never knew what it was. Now I do. Linda is the first social worker that I know of, who has ever spoken out about bullying in my profession. Sure we whisper about it, but no one has stood up in front of other social workers. Until I read her stories in the ACSW Advocate, and then the stories in her resource kit, I kept my mouth closed. I keep missing her workshops because they get booked so fast. That tells me alot of social workers aren’t speaking out but sure want to know about it. Thanks for your courage, and strength. You helped me to know what to look for, and what I can do if it happens again.