Bullying is not only unacceptable on moral grounds, but if left unchecked, it can also result in the employer breaching their obligations under the Health & Safety Act and the Employment Relations Act. This factsheet from the Department of Labour quickly outlines what bullying is and what enployers and employees should do about it.
This report presents the findings from a Health Research Council of New Zealand and Department of Labour funded study that sought to develop and evaluate a valid and reliable methodology for the measurement of workplace stress and bullying in New Zealand organisations.
The report concludes by providing recommendations for a full national workplace stress and bullying prevalence study, and notes the urgent need for intervention research in the education and health sectors, where bullying and stress appear particularly prevalent. Of particular note was the importance of focusing on the role of organisational factors, such as leadership, human resource practices, bullying reporting, and work organisation, in the prevention of workplace stress and bullying.