Is inappropriate, aggressive or rude behaviour affecting your work or peace of mind? Are desirable employees quitting your company due to bullying issues? Contrary to popular belief, bullying is not restricted to schools and colleges. According to a research study conducted by University of Wollongong, Australia, at least 40% of Australian employees have experienced workplace bullying. This implies that at least half of the Australian working population has had to
Many workplace grievances submitted for investigation pertain to a belief that a person’s manager is bullying them and engaging in unreasonable behaviour. We all have different perceptions and therein often lies the problem. A person making a complaint can perceive a request or action to be unreasonable on the basis that they may; feel singled out, humiliated, dislike being questioned about their conduct or performance or view feedback as nit-picking.
A concept which is receiving an increasing amount of attention across many occupational areas is "Psychological Safety". This term can be defined as actions taken within an organisation to ensure the mental and emotional well-being of individuals within the work-group. Around Australia and New Zealand, Psychological Safety has great importance from OSH and "duty of care" perspectives. In the workplace there are a number of psychosocial hazards that can affect