Bullying in the Workplace and WHS/OHS

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Bullying in the Workplace

While bullying is not a new concept, bullying within the workplace has come to light recently as workplace health and safety surveys have shown. Appropriate workplace anti-bullying training and education is more important than ever before. Stress and bullying can impact individuals dramatically and cause long term effects. Workplace stress is defined as a discrepancy between the demands of the environment (or organisational workplace) and the individual’s ability to carry out and cope with these demands.

Bullying and Workplace Stress

If workplace stress is affecting you or your staff it needs to be brought to the forefront. There are a variety of causes of occupational stress, including:

  1. Lack of workplace relationship
  2. Career ambiguity
  3. No support
  4. Undefined work roles and job uncertainty
  5. No sense of direction
  6. Isolation and lack of appreciation
  7. Customer service type roles constantly dealing with public
  8. Having too much or too little to do constantly and repetitious work
  9. Poor communication
  10. Zero control (or perceived control)

Employers’ Duty of Care

Employers have a direct duty to protect their staff from occupation based bullying and stress. All reporting procedures should comply with occupational health and safety policies employed by the company. If an employer is not adequately reporting procedures and failing to implement prevention methods, they are liable to a work claim.

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