The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Unit recently hosted the Harassment in the Workplace Information Forum, aimed at shedding light on various forms of non-sexual workplace harassment and their impact on employees.

At the event’s opening, Base Executive Officer, Commander Origin Deleveaux emphasized the significance of creating a safe and respectful workplace environment for all RBDF personnel. This set the tone for a day of insightful presentations and engaging discussions.

Mrs. Tonnette Minnis from the University of the Bahamas led the informative session, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of non-sexual harassment in the workplace. Mrs. Minnis also highlighted critical areas such as cyber harassment, workplace bullying, intimidation, discrimination based on race or religion, psychological harassment, and verbal harassment. She also discussed behaviors that contribute to a hostile work environment.

Throughout the forum, attendees were encouraged to participate in discussions and share their experiences, fostering an environment of open dialogue and mutual learning. The goal of the forum was not only to raise awareness of these often overlooked types of workplace harassment, but also to understand their impact and explore effective prevention and resolution strategies.

Marine Reservist Edmund Turner provided valuable insight on the legal aspects related to workplace harassment, helping attendees understand their rights and the legal framework protecting them.

The forum concluded with closing remarks by Lieutenant Commander Bullard of the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Office (MWRO), who reiterated the RBDF’s commitment to ensuring a harassment-free workplace and the importance of continuous education and dialogue on this critical issue.

The RBDF is dedicated to fostering a work environment where all personnel feel safe, respected, and valued. The Harassment in the Workplace Information Forum marks a significant step towards achieving this goal by equipping attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to address and prevent harassment in all its forms.

The RBDF, under the leadership of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond E. King, is dedicated to the transformation of Defence Force personnel’s quality and capabilities by striving to cultivate a High-Performance Workforce focused on Performance Excellence, fostering an inclusive working environment that empowers our personnel.

(RBDF Photos by Woman Marine Raven Hepburn)

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