Workplace Bullying: An update from the Department of Labour 2009

Introduction

Bullying can have a serious impact on a workplace. For an employee who is targeted by workplace bullying, the workplace can become a place to fear. For an employer, the hidden costs of such behaviour can quickly mount up. Increased job dissatisfaction, workplace stress and staff turnover all lead to a less productive workplace, and an employer is also at risk of the costs associated with legal claims by employees who have been bullied.

This discussion will tackle the fundamental issue of what constitutes workplace bullying. It will then outline the legal rights and obligations of employees and employers when workplace bullying occurs.

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