National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence 2013
Over 1400 schools across Australia have registered for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, Friday 15 March 2013.
Bullying not only happens within the school it also is a major issues in many work places and often left unresolved. From someone who has been subjected to Bullying in the work place I am big on stamping it out. (see my article on My Why)
But what actually is Bullying in the workplace??
Bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards an individual or group, that creates a risk to health and safety. Unreasonable behaviour means behaviour that a reasonable person, having regard to all the circumstances, would expect to victimise, humiliate, undermine or threaten.
It is not bullying for a manager or supervisor to counsel a workplace participant about their performance. Performance counselling is a necessary part of ensuring that workplace participants meet company X’s standards of work and behaviour. Also, other reasonable managerial actions such as disciplinary action, work directions and orders, and allocation of work in compliance with business needs and systems do not constitute bullying.
Fresh HR Insights offers all our clients a comprehensive Appropriate Workplace Behaviour Policy. This policy aims to provide an environment where employees and others in the workplace are treated fairly and with respect, and are free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, vilification and bullying.
It aims to ensure that when employment decisions are made, they are based on merit, not on irrelevant attributes or characteristics that an individual may possess. It also tries to create a work environment which promotes good working relationships.