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7 tips to help prevent workplace bullying

June is Workplace Bullying Awareness Month, an important reminder to take time out and review how your business or organisation is helping to prevent bullying in the workplace.

Workplace bullying creates a significant threat to the health, safety and welfare of people in the workplace and could have wider implications for employers, including low morale, increased absenteeism and staff turnover and reduced profitability.

How can you build a healthier workplace?

To help you along, here are seven tips to help prevent bullying in the workplace:
  1. Ensure everyone in your organisation knows the consequences of bullying
  2. Provide staff with anti-bullying training
  3. Respond quickly and appropriately to occurrences of bullying
  4. Have a reporting procedure in place for staff to report bullying
  5. Educate staff on acceptable and unacceptable behaviours in the workplace
  6. Educate staff on what behaviours are considered bullying
  7. Know that workplace bullying may not always be committed by an employee. It may be a client, customer, person in position of authority, or other business contact. Employers may be responsible for the consequences of such behaviour even if committed by people other than employees, as a result of the employer’s duty of care to their employees.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: June 3, 2014.

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