Workplace bullying is defined as repeated and unacceptable behaviour directed towards a worker/group of workers. Different forms of bullying include, but are not limited to, verbal or physical abuse, humiliation, threats of violence and sabotaging or ignoring others.
Wellbeing is contingent upon eliminating bullying from the workplace. It is crucial that employers understand the serious physical and psychological harm bullying causes. This not only affects an individual’s performance at work but also their overall health and wellbeing!
So what are some ways to tackle workplace bullying?
- Create a more positive and inclusive work culture. A workplace that encourages, respects and supports one another will help minimise the likelihood of bullying.
- Implement effective anti-bullying policies that are communicated clearly to employees. Additionally, the topic of bullying should be openly discussed in the workplace.
- Educate your workers and managers about bullying by offering training or workshops. This will ensure everyone is aware of their responsibilities in relation to bullying.
- Ensure your employees know how to formally report bullying and unreasonable behaviour. Moreover, ensure that you have the right resources and processes in place for them to do so.
For a deeper understanding of how to minimise the likelihood of workplace bullying, check out WorkSafe NZ’s guide to Preventing and Responding to Bullying at Work (page 22).
Moreover, talk to our team at Working Wise about how we can help you combat bullying in your workplace. We can work alongside you to develop effective anti-bullying policies as well as offer in-depth training sessions on bullying to build a more positive culture.
Our online health and safety system, GOSH, also provides workers with a tool to formally report acts of bullying. The process is fully confidential meaning workers can confidently submit reports anytime, anywhere.
Fill out our online contact form or give us a call on (04) 499 0710 for more information!