Stay on top of workplace bullying and harassment

Workplace bullying and harassment is a serious and growing issue. Not only can it be damaging to your people and business, if not handled well, it can also lead to workers compensation claims, higher premiums and potentially legal action.

With legislation now in place specifically addressing workplace bullying, it’s vital to give it the same attention as other work health and safety matters, with due diligence in terms of policies, staff training, compliance and clear processes.

The Resolution Network can facilitate mediation if you’ve received a specific bullying or harassment complaint and/or we can assist with training and coaching to help prevent bullying and minimise the risk.

It’s also important to be aware of the link between performance management and bullying. Staff who are being disciplined or questioned by management regarding their role can sometimes make an allegation of bullying. So it’s important to know how to correctly handle conversations regarding performance management and have clearly articulated processes to minimise the risk.

How our workplace bullying strategies can help:

  • Address issues quickly and correctly to avoid drawn out complaints that will take up hours of your time and lead to a decrease in productivity
  • Minimise the risks of a workers compensation claim, which then results in higher premiums
  • Reduce the occurrence of absenteeism, stress leave, staff turnover and resulting costs and productivity losses
  • Get the professional assistance you need to navigate the complex and difficult scenarios – it is not enough just to sit down with a manager and have a chat
  • Benefit from an independent and neutral third party who has fresh eyes and ears and hasn’t been involved in any of the previous conversations
  • Break the cycle of internal meetings that tend to focus on the people involved rather than tackling the issues and putting a clear plan in place
  • Ensure your team knows what is expected of them in terms of their behaviour or response to behaviour they feel is inappropriate

What is workplace bullying?

Bullying definition: Repeated hostile and unreasonable behaviour that targets an employee or a group of employees that a reasonable person, having regard to the circumstances would expect to create a risk to health and safety.

Bullying has three main features:

  • It involves a misuse of power in a relationship;
  • It is ongoing and repeated; and
  • It involves behaviours that can cause harm.

What our clients say

  • Since the mediation, the relationship between the two staff members has settled down and they now work together in a way that is cordial and respectful.
    You did a fantastic job – thank you

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