Over the past 15 years in the U. There is a growing consensus among lay people and scholars on the definition of workplace bullying, its causes, and its effects on individuals as well as on the workplace itself. At the same time, translating this consensus into effective employment policies and contract provisions is challenging: the parties need clear and enforceable language that also meets the sometimes divergent interests of employees, employers and unions. Our purpose in this paper is to provide assistance to advocates and arbitrators as they deal with this complex workplace problem.
In: Business and Management. Bullying in the workplace Workplace bullying is any form of abuse; physical, verbal, psychological or social that is inflicted upon an individual by an employer, employee or group Australian Human Rights Commission Methods of bullying include repetitive inappropriate comments i. In particular instances such as stalking, assault and threats, bullying becomes a criminal offence. It is a common issue considered to be a silent epidemic McAvoy and Murtagh as victims feel intimidated or hopeless thus preventing incident reporting. Statistics show that approximately one in three employees are bullied with the highest prevalence in the education department, healthcare industry and government positions Fields-Gregor There are a variety of factors influencing workplace bullying.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Sexual harassment in the workplace is an issue that affects many due to the high rise in reported and unreported cases. Both men and women across the U. S and worldwide are being affected directly and indirectly.
Bullying is the continuous act of unwelcomed behaviors which have reasonable foreseeability of the common man to cause damage, bullying within the workforce has great potential to derail success and culture of a company, the matter over the decades has not gone without cited seriousness, legislations and judicial laws have been implemented in attempts to reduce the likelyhood of future incidents Bullying among workforce Alex; Tattersall , such legislation as the NSW governments harrassment and discrimination act, the commonwealth sexual harrassment act of , are two examples of statutory action and recognition of the large scale matter. In the case of the workers principle personality and traits being the percecutor of problems, such support which will be offered most likely are counselling or therapeutic sessions. It is quite often the case that a Ceo will be responsible for the display of bullying due to the high statute of power and figure, such matters can be tackled with worker interventions attempted as a collective group with the senior manager, other ways are externally involving third parties to the dilema, such as the union which has strict guidelines and procedures for such arises, the victorian civil and administrative tribunal, the victorian equal opportunity and human rights commision,or in cases of physical forceful contact the police.