Will workplace bullying lead you to the court room?

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Sydney, NSW, Australia – WEBWIRE – Thursday, March 20, 2014
Are you confident that everyone in your workplace can work in an environment that is free of psychological and physical abuse?
Are you confident that everyone in your workplace can work in an environment that is free of psychological and physical abuse?

NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia March 2014 –Workplace bullying is now considered a major problem in many industries with recent attention given to the way in which legislation and guidelines address this issue. The WHS Act provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of people. The term health includes both psychological health as well as physical health. As bullying can affect both the mental and physical condition of a person it is therefore considered a risk that organisations must address under the law.

Workplace bullying is seen as a frequent occurrence that is generally long term in nature and intensifies as time goes on intending to make the victim feel powerless, intimidated or humiliated. While a key in defining workplace bullying is “repeated” behaviour, single events have significant potential to escalate into workplace bullying. Increasing competition, push for more efficiencies and downsizing create toxic environments where workplace bullying can thrive.

Safety Australia Group’s Managing Director, Robert Keft says “Currently workplace bullying seems to be entrenched in the organisational culture of many workplaces with instances being written off as ’management’s style’ or ’that’s just what we do around here’. People must understand that maintaining the status quo is no longer acceptable and much more needs to be done to turn around dysfunctional cultures in which workplace bullying thrives”.

The Harsh Reality of Workplace Bullying

Turning Relationships Around
Like other workplace hazards, workplace bullying is best managed by responding as early as possible. The longer the bullying behaviour continues, the more difficult it is to address and the harder it becomes to repair working relationships. Managers and supervisors should be trained in how to respond to incidents appropriately and teach them the skills to develop productive and respectful workplace relationships. Managing workplace bullying is a complex issue that presents many challenges for an organisation so the key lies within a consistent and clear process to prevent bullying from occurring and to respond to any allegations that may arise. Some factors to consider are:

Behind Closed Doors
The Safety Australia Group is approaching this very complex issue from a different angle by running a workplace bullying mock trial for senior safety leaders. “This is a unique opportunity to gain insight from both sides of the legal battle” says Mr Keft. The case will be facilitated by a former State Prosecutor and defence lawyer and will explore a wrongful dismissal claim brought in the Federal Court.

A mock trial is a simulated court case that offers a “real life” element to training. A mock trial is a great way to engage an audience and challenge their thinking through:

The Safety Australia Group will be running a public workplace bullying mock trial in Sydney NSW Australia on 4 June 2014. For more information about the Workplace Bullying Mock Trial or to register your interest, please visit the Safety Australia Group website.

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Robert Keft
Managing Director
Safety Australia Group
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