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The Impact of Workplace Bullying and Harassment and How to Address It.

Bullying and harassment in the workplace is a serious problem that affects millions of workers around the world.

In this article, we will explore what workplace bullying and harassment are, their impact on employees, and how employers can address and prevent these issues.  Not only can it have a detrimental effect on employees’ mental health and well-being, but it can also negatively impact their productivity, job satisfaction, and career progression.

 

What is Workplace Bullying and Harassment?

Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable actions or behaviours by one or more persons towards another, creating a hostile or intimidating work environment. These behaviours can be verbal, physical, or psychological in nature and can include actions such as shouting, belittling, isolating, or spreading rumours about an individual. On the other hand, workplace harassment involves unwelcome conduct that is based on a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other protected characteristic. This behaviour can be verbal or physical, including unwanted sexual advances, offensive jokes or comments, or physical assaults.

The Impact of Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Both workplace bullying and harassment can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of employees. Some of the common effects include:

Mental Health Issues: Bullying and harassment can cause significant emotional distress and can lead to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Physical Health Issues: Employees who are bullied or harassed may experience physical symptoms such as headaches, sleep disturbances, and gastrointestinal problems.
Decreased Productivity: Employees who are subjected to workplace bullying and harassment may become disengaged and less productive, which can negatively impact the overall performance of the organisation.
High Turnover: Employees who experience workplace bullying and harassment are more likely to leave their jobs, which can result in high turnover rates and increased recruitment costs for the organisation.

How to address workplace bullying and harassment

Employers have a duty of care to their employees to ensure they are not subjected to workplace bullying and harassment. Here are some steps that organisations can take to address and prevent these issues:
Establish a Zero-Tolerance Policy
Employers should develop and implement a clear policy outlining workplace bullying and harassment, the consequences for those who engage in such behaviour, and the reporting procedures for employees who experience such behaviour.
Provide Training and Education
Employers should provide regular training and education to employees on what constitutes workplace bullying and harassment, how to recognise it, and what to do if they experience or witness such behaviour.
Create a Supportive Culture
Organisations should foster a culture of respect and inclusion, where all employees are treated with dignity and encouraged to speak up if they experience workplace bullying and harassment.
Encourage Reporting
Employers should encourage employees to report any incidents of workplace bullying and harassment and ensure that there are appropriate channels for reporting such incidents, such as a confidential helpline or an impartial mediator.
Develop Policies and Procedures to deal with complaints of bullying and harassment.
Employers are required by safe work legislation to ensure that they develop policies and procedures to respond to complaints of workplace bullying and harassment. A failure to do so could lead to an employer being prosecuted under the NSW Work Health and Safety legislation and lead to claims for workers’ compensation by injured employees.

Injury from Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and harassment in the workplace can cause significant psychological injury. An employer should implement policies and procedures to prevent and address bullying and harassment once it has been reported. A failure to do so can be a breach of the employer’s duty of care.
Employees who sustain a psychological injury in the workplace can make a claim for weekly payments and medical expenses under the NSW Workers Compensation Act.

Conclusion

Workplace bullying and harassment are serious issues that can have significant consequences for employees and organisations alike. Employers are responsible for creating a safe and supportive work environment where all employees are treated with respect and dignity. By establishing clear policies, providing regular training and education, and fostering a culture of respect and inclusion, organisations can address and prevent workplace bullying and harassment.

If you are the victim of bullying or harassment in the workplace, contact Garling and Co lawyers.  Our lawyers are accredited specialists in personal injury law and available to assist you with your claim. Contact us today by telephone at (02) 8329 9500, visit our website www.garlingandco.com.au or complete a free case assessment by clicking here.

 

Garling & Co Lawyers

Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law approved by New South Wales Law Society. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. Matthew is also a member of...
Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie
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Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie
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University of Technology, Sydney
Member of Law Society of New South Wales
Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation
University of Sydney
Legal Profession Admission Board of New South Wales
The law society of nsw professional standards scheme logo.
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