Workplace bullying happens when one or more people consistently act unreasonably towards an employee or a group of employees, creating a risk to their health and safety.
The Fair Work Act 2009 specifies that legitimate and reasonable management actions are not considered bullying. This means a manager has the right to carry out their duties fairly and reasonably without it being classified as bullying.
Our team is here to help you implement strategies for reasonable management actions. We can guide you in managing your workers fairly, respectfully, and in line with the law.
Workplace bullying can involve physical, verbal, social, or psychological harm caused by an employer or a co-worker. This can happen anywhere, from private businesses and retail stores to government offices.
Workplace bullying may include any of the following negative behaviours:
- Making hurtful comments to an employee
- Showing aggressive or intimidating behaviour
- Engaging in teasing, practical jokes, or initiation ceremonies
- Displaying offensive materials
- Excluding someone from work-related events
- Spreading harmful rumours
As a responsible employer, it’s vital to recognise and address issues of discrimination, harassment, and workplace bullying. These behaviours are unethical and harmful to your employees’ well-being and can have serious legal and financial consequences for your business.
At NB Employment, we’re dedicated to helping you navigate these complex issues. We can assist in establishing fair hiring practices, providing employee training, developing effective policies, and managing complaints. Fostering a safe, respectful, and inclusive work environment is not just the right thing to do – it’s also good business.