In a recent study it was discovered that mental health issues related to work cost Australian businesses almost $11 billion each year.
Workplace bullying is one contributing factor which risks both psychological injury and physical injury for workers.
Not only a threat to business productivity and harmony, workplace bullying is a serious – and potentially costly – health and safety issue for employers. The new national anti-bullying regulations under the Fair Work Act requires every business to manage the risk of workplace bullying.
A worker can now apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop the bullying and they can also make a workers compensation insurance claim if they have suffered bullying in your workplace.
What is workplace bullying?
Repeated and unreasonable behaviour that creates a risk to health and safety and is directed towards a worker or a group of workers.
This includes behaviour (whether intentional or unintentional) that may be considered to be victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.
It can also include abusive, insulting or offensive language or comments, excluding someone or withholding information needed for effective work performance, or setting unreasonable tasks or deadlines.
According to the federal government a single workplace bullying claim costs employers an average of $17,000 to $24,000.
How can You minimise risk?
Workplace bullying should be managed like any other workplace health and safety hazard, with risks eliminated as far as is reasonable and practicable.
Every employer is obliged to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their workers.
You can minimise the risk of bullying in your workplace by implementing a Workplace Bullying Policy and by communicating the company policy to all of your workers.
It’s also important to keep monitoring the behaviour of your staff. Changes in staff morale or culture can be an indication that bullying is occurring.
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The Workplace Bullying Policy is a 1 page document outlining the company's aim and policy with regards to Bullying within the workplace.
The Workplace Bullying Policy can be used as a stand-alone document or can be incorporated into your existing OHS Management System. It can be used as part of your OHS inductions, for Toolbox talks or tender applications.
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- Simply replace XYZ Company with your Company name and add any specific details which may apply to your company
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