Bullying in the workplace has become a big issue in today’s organization, although many business owners are not taking it seriously. Such is the case in Brisbane’s workplaces, according to Jonathan Mamaril, principal and director of NB Lawyers, a Brisbane based employment law firm.
Although cases of workers being victims of work place bullies has reached the attention of the Fair Case Commission, legislations covering workplace bullying in the country still doesn’t hold compensatory benefits. Apart from that, Mamaril also mentioned concerns over companies that considers anti-bullying policies as only a guideline list rather than a regulation that needs to be followed. This is rather alarming as it gives the impression that workers are more liable to be victims of workplace bullying. This also indicates that organizations are either not aware or afraid of the consequences of employees being bullied at the workplace.
Currently, the Commission requires business owners found to have breached anti-workplace bullying regulations to develop internal policies to address the issue. These internal mandates and procedures are meant to either solve workplace bullying or avoid such instances to happen again. Aside from internal policies, another typical add-on to an anti-bullying program is to set up workplace bullying prevention training.
However, these steps and programs are not sure fire ways to lessen instances of being a victim of bullying at work. Although, a recent case of work related bullying and the Commission’s judgement for the company to reform its workplace, should serve as a good example to other businesses to keep a healthy organization and work environment for its workers.
Click here to read more about Jonathan Mamaril’s insights on workplace bullying published at Brisbane Legal.