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Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace Happens
 
How can you make sure it stops?


We spend a lot of time at work with many different personalities. Much of the time it makes for a diverse, interesting and enjoyable work environment. However, as many managers will attest, things can and occasionally do, go wrong. Unfortunately bullying and workplace harassment occur more frequently than we’d like to admit:

  • Safework Australia estimates that, based on current literature, prevalence rates of workplace bullying vary between 3.5 per cent and 21 per cent of the Australian workforce and estimated costs to Australian businesses in 2000 were between $6 billion to $36 billion.
  • Other research shows the impact of one serial bully in a workplace can reduce performance of their victims by half, and other workers by a third.
  • The average cost for a stress claim is $41,186 compared to $23,441 for a physical injury claim, nearly twice as much.

It is important for managers to recognize and deal with it appropriately. Managers can take prevention steps to avoid these issues in the first place. Workplaces also need to be aware of their legal obligations in this regard, as there have been recent law changes in this area.

Webinar: Workplace Discrimination and Bullying - an overview of Employer Responsibilities

Join AgCareers.com for our upcoming complimentary webinar on Friday, May 22 at 10 am E. Australia Time. HR Managers, Line Managers, Hiring Managers, HR personnel and managers of personnel will benefit from attending this webinar. Attendees will learn what constitutes workplace bullying and harassment, and legal obligations. They’ll also discover what managers can do to prevent workplace bullying and harassment, and strategies to deal with these issues. The presenter will give an overview or recent legal case studies and law changes in relation to this topic. Find out more and register today!