In recent months we have brought you updates on the legislative changes that are coming into effect from the 1st January 2014 with respect to Fair Work Commissions anti-bullying powers, see: Workplace Bullying be prepared, you only have 6 months to go and The Countdown is on....will your investigations stand up?
Some recent surveys we have reviewed have shown some alarming figures in this area. The responses to the People Matter Employee Survey 2012 show that bullying is a significant issue in the NSW public sector with almost one-third (29%) of respondents saying they had personally experienced bullying in the workplace in the last 12 months and almost half (48%) had witnessed bullying at work. The 2012 RU OK survey noted that 46% of the respondents would rather resign than address workplace relationship issues. More recently, research conducted by the National Australia Bank in conjunction with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation revealed 65.1% of Australians surveyed admitted they had been in a situation where they could have intervened by chose not to. As employers, this is concerning but what can we do about it? What can we do to avoid similar statistics in our own organisations?
Under the Model Work Safety legislation, the Draft Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying Code of Practice promotes a risk management approach should be adopted by employers in the management of workplace bullying. Workplace bullying is a psychological hazard, the risks of which need to be managed like any other hazard at the workplace. To assist you with assessing the risks of workplace bullying in your organisation PEEL HR have developed an on-line assessment tool. This tool will help you to determine if you have a low, low-moderate, moderate-high or very high risk assessment rating for workplace bullying.
On completing the tool PEEL HR will provide you with your rating and some recommendations so you can get to action NOW are ensure you are ready for the year ahead.
Respectful Workplace Training…
Q: In the last 2 years have you delivered compliance training for your staff in the areas of EEO, bullying, discrimination and harassment?
Do you have new staff who have not been trained in these areas?
PEEL HR offers an informative and interactive 2 hour Respectful Workplace program that ensures not only will your employees understand their obligations in this area but they will recognize the value and importance of respectful communication. We have been running many of these sessions in-house for our clients who are taking action to get ready now! The programs are time efficient and tailored to your policies. Don’t wait until January, call us now and book your sessions in.