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Bullying Awareness Week

Bullying is still happening in our workplaces but there are many ways in which workers can say NO to bullying.

Silent witness

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on Friday 17 March 2017. While the main focus of the day is the prevention of bullying in schools, the message is relevant to workplaces making the day a good opportunity to stop and reflect on how bullying affects workplaces and what we can do to prevent it.

Bullying can mean different things to different people but do you know the commonly accepted definition of workplace bullying? Workplace bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety.

Comcare is supporting action against bullying by inviting employers to use Comcare's web-based promotional campaign material to educate and assist workplaces  prevent or respond to bullying.

Comcare has guidance, tools and education available to help employers and individuals respond to bullying in the workplace. These tools can help you create a positive, bully-free workplace.  They are designed to assist workplaces and individuals to identify signs of bullying in the workplace early and respond effectively.

To help promote Bullying Awareness Week in your organisation, print this Bullying Awareness Week poster [PDF] to put up around your workplace.

Remember it's up to each individual to take a stand against inappropriate behaviour in the workplace and increase awareness of what bullying is and how we can stop it.

The Facts

The term Bullying can mean different things to different people but did you know the commonly accepted definition of workplace bullying?

If you’d like to learn about what constitutes bullying, what doesn’t constitute bullying and ways to build a more positive work environment take a look at the below resources.

Safe Work Australia

Safe Work Australia is responsible for leading the development of policy to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. This includes providing guidance to Australian workplaces around Health and Safety issues like bullying.

For both worker and employee guidance please see the below Safe Work Australia links.

Identify bullying early

Do you conduct regular checks to identify signs of bullying in the workplace?

The tools below can help you to create a positive, bully-free workplace and to assist PCBUs to identify signs of bullying in the workplace early.

Step by step guide to tackle bullying

The Heads Up website provides a number of step by step guides to get you started, no matter what role you play in the workplace. Whether you’re an employer, manager or an employee, there’s something that each of us can do to stamp out bullying.

Continue the conversation

Comcare has developed a range of resources that you can use to continue the bullying awareness conversation in your workplace.

Given the potential personal and organisational costs of bullying, there is good reason to not let this conversation end.

Page last updated: 17 Mar 2017