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Promote an 'if you see it, call it' message to workers

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HC Online | 18 Mar 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
The CEO of a leading mental health organisation is calling for corporate Australia to promote an ‘if you see it, call it’ message to workers.
  • March | 18 Mar 2013, 05:33 PM Agree 0
    Congratulations to Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell for a positive step forward. My ex CEO was the bully in our workplace and all of her General Managers. If the CEO was informed about bullying in the workplace,she would say "Don't want to know" and the Business Advisor we had was a major bully who put Managers down so much, they would cry
  • Blackcat | 18 Mar 2013, 10:46 PM Agree 0
    There is much to be said about every industry adopting the National Day of Action. It might not be such a pie in the sky idea once the national legislation is proclaimed, I urge everyone to read the 2012 report to the Australian Federal government titled "We Just Wanted It to Stop".
    Workcover SA has awarded the Augusta Zadow scholarship to Dr Moira Jenkins from Aboto Psychology for investigation of bullying effects on targets. Keep a look out for this work in 2013.
  • Bernie Althofer | 19 Mar 2013, 08:59 AM Agree 0
    Despite some great changes being made in some organisations, there is still the need to create open and transparent workplace cultures where bullying is tolerated to the point of acceptance.

    It is important to understand that whilst the reported data creates considerable concern about the level of workplace bullying, there are also a number of incidents that are not 'officially' reported in organisations. Targets seek advice from external sources, find out what the resolution options are, and in some cases make an informed decision not to proceed.

    This makes it difficult for executives to have a comprehensive understanding of the magnitude of workplace bullying. Whilst some might see that some complaints are swept under the carpet, changing the 'acceptability' of bullying as a 'way of life' has to be driven by executives.

    When organisations start including workplace bullying data in regular reports at Board level, then the focus may change. Asking the question as to why individuals are not reporting workplace bullying may tell more about the organisational policy and procedures and the workplace culture than the data showing the number of reported incidents.

    I think the concept of 'if you see it, call it' is great. However, it is important to change workplace cultures so that those who do call it are supported as much as those being targeted.
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