Can the Conflict Management and Human Rights Office (CMAHRO) help me even if I am not directly involved in a conflict?
Conflict in your working, living or learning environment can take an emotional toll on you.
Many people do not realize that conflict does not just impact those directly involved, it can negatively impact everyone around them and can create a poisoned or toxic environment. That is one reason why it is important to address conflict as early as possible.
If a conflict is negatively impacting you, it is important that you seek help.
I heard someone mention the term “poisoned or hostile environment”. What does this mean?
A poisoned environment is an environment in which you cannot work, learn or live comfortably. It can be created by comments or behavior that make you feel demeaned or disrespected.
If your environment is interfering with your ability to work or learn, it is important that you seek help.
- You can get help from the Conflict Management and Human Rights Office or from Counselling Services.
- If you are feeling unsafe, contact the Safety Office or Campus Police.
If you want to know more about what can cause a person’s environment to be poisoned, you can also visit the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s website . They have some great eLearning modules that can help you learn more.
When should I contact CMAHRO?
Contact CMAHRO as soon as you feel like something is not right in your workplace or learning environment. An early response increases the chance of addressing the issue in a way that minimizes relationship damage.
How can I contact CMAHRO?
Contact: Jeremy de Boer, Senior Case Consultant, Conflict Management and Human Rights Office