Workplace Bullying

Did you know that your business is required to have policies and procedures in place to deal with workplace bullying?  Just because it’s never been an issue within your business doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for it.  Then if it does rear it’s ugly head, you will be able to deal with it confidently, knowing exactly what your obilgations are.

Workplace bullying is defined as repeated and unreasonableWorkplace bullying behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety.

Safe Work Australia has produced a Guide to Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying booklet.  Click on the link at the bottom of this page to download a copy of the guide.

The guide provides information for business owners and managers on how to manage the risks of workplace bullying as part of meeting their duties under the health & safety laws.

It includes guidance on what workplace bullying is, how it can be prevented and how to respond to reports.

The following list details what is included in the guide.

  1. Introduction
  • How workplace bullying can occur
  • Impact of workplace bullying
  • Who has duties in relation to workplace bullying
  • How can the risk of workplace bullying be managed?
  1. Preventing Workplace Bullying
  • Identifying the potential for workplace bullying
  • Controlling the risks
  • Monitoring & reviewing
  1. How to respond to workplace bullying
  • How to respond to a report of workplace bullying
  • Principles when responding to reports of workplace bullying
  • Balancing confidentiality and transparency
  • Actions after reports of workplace bullying are resolved
  1. InvestigationsWorkplace bullying
  • Who should conduct an investigation
  • Informing the parties of the investigation
  • Outcomes of an investigation
  1. External Avenues
  • Work, Health & Safety regulators
  • Fair Work Commission

 

So, my suggestion would be to download this guide and start putting your workplace bullying policies and procedures into place.

Don’t forget, if you get stuck just shoot through an email to us,  and we’ll be able to give you a hand.

Workplace Bullying
Click here for the Guide

 

Acknowledgements:  www.safeworkaustralia.com.au, www.pixabay.com (images)

 

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