This project aims to contribute to an evidence-based understanding of workplace harassment, bullying, and toxic environments on immigrant women workers’ wellbeing and health.
The research team will explore how to mitigate and prevent harm while examining if workplace hazards may disproportionately impact women English language learner (ELL) workers.
Workplace Wellness for Immigrant Women will address prevention concerns through a lens of intersectional vulnerabilities linked to gender, language, and migration while seeking to support the creation and maintenance of safe, equitable workplaces.
The Workplace Wellness for Immigrant Women research project will employ a knowledge co-creation methodology, engaging diverse stakeholders in all phases of the research – from design to analysis to knowledge transfer and mobilization.
The research methodology has two phases: 1) in-depth interviews and focus groups with women ELL workers and employers, and 2) a knowledge co-creation phase.
The data produced will contribute a scalable set of promising practices that can be incorporated into ELL classrooms, employment programs, and workplace policies informed by our understanding of the intersection between gender, migration, culture, and workplace practices.
The project supports multiple entry points to positively support Alberta workers and workplaces:
- ELL women workers: Knowledge gathered and informed by workers and employers will be used to inform new, integrated ways of educating ELL women workers about occupational health and safety alongside labour rights and responsibilities.
- Workplaces and employers: Research results will support and encourage a process to better inform employers who need more information on how to best meet the needs of rapidly diversifying workplaces.
- Newcomers and women: Results will extend to provide insight on issues related workplace hazards and wellbeing for immigrants and ELL workers in general. The project's gendered lens will yield results that will also be applicable to women workers who may not be ELL learners, but who are also at risk of gender based harassment, bullying, and other psychosocial hazards in the workplace
As the project concludes, results will be used to raise awareness and education among workers and employers as well as among settlement practitioners and language instructors. Outreach and educational materials, recommendations, and conclusions will be informed by the stakeholders themselves. The research findings will also support prevention through recommendations for systems and policy change specific to how occupational health and safety related training is provided to newcomer workers.