PREVENTING AND MANAGING – WORKPLACE BULLYING & HARASSMENT
A GUIDE FOR TRAINERS/EMPLOYERS.
Amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) have created a new bullying jurisdiction. From the 1st January 2014 individual employees will be able to apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for an order to stop bullying.
Workplace bullying and/or harassment are issues for all Employers that may occur in any workplace. Under certain conditions, anyone may be capable of bullying/harassment behaviour. Bullying/harassment, results in real costs to both your organisation and the individual. It can have an impact on an individual’s health and affect their ability to do their job. It can also contribute to loss of productivity, staff turnover, absenteeism, low morale and, of course, financial costs.
As an Employer, you are required to provide an environment that is safe for the employees and without risk to their health.
Threats to harm someone, acts of violence, assault, property damage and stalking are criminal matters that should be referred to the police.
Response at the work place should be appropriate to the seriousness of what has occurred.
Click here for an information guide about Preventing and Managing Workplace Bullying & Harassment. The information guide also includes a sample policy that may be useful for the development of your workplace policy.