Dob in a bully

Written on the 28 January 2011

MAY 2010

AN ingrained ‘anti-dobbing’ culture could be hindering efforts to stamp out workplace bullying and harassment, according to Harmers Workplace Lawyers.

It remains a serious issue for Australian businesses and employers fearful of building a ‘culture of complaint’ should be aware there are ways to encourage employees to report bullying while discouraging proliferation of false claims.

General counsel Greg Robertson, says the first step for employers in creating an anti-bullying workplace culture is to address the cultural issue of employees refusing to ‘dob in’ their colleagues.

“Australian workplaces tend to have a ‘don’t dob in’ mindset, which hinders attempts to eradicate workplace bullying,” he says.

“A number of bullying cases recently have highlighted situations where employees have, for whatever reason, stood by and done nothing to report or stop the incident. These cases contain lessons for all employers.

“Staff should be encouraged to come forward and alert senior management to any incidents of bullying, harassment or discrimination they may witness. They need to know that any form of mistreatment will be taken seriously and that their role in alerting management to the issue will remain confidential.

“Having said that, employers understandably do not want to create a ‘culture of complaint’ within their workplace, in which false, petty or vexatious bullying claims are continually brought to the attention of management.

“For this reason, we recommend employers establish a policy whereby employees face some form of reprimand if they bring a complaint found to be false or unfounded.”


Latest News

THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

SIMON Griffiths is using toilet paper to save the world.

In 2012, on the back of an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaig...

TECHNOLOGYONE OUTSTRIPS PROFIT EXPECTATIONS AS R&D SKYROCKETS

TECHNOLOGYONE (ASX: TNE) has surpassed market expectations to achieve a half-year profit after tax of $8.1 million, u...

CLASS ACTION FILED AGAINST SURFSTITCH AFTER ANOTHER EARNINGS WIPEOUT

AS ONLINE retailer SurfStitch (ASX: SRF) battles for survival following another negative earnings forecast, a $100 mi...

SURFSTITCH DOWNGRADES EARNINGS AS SHARES PLUNGE 25 PER CENT IN A DAY

TROUBLED online sports clothing retailer SurfStitch is considering selling off more of its assets and will close i...

Related News

THE COMPANY THAT DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO GIVE A CRAP THANKS TO CROWD FUNDING

SIMON Griffiths is using toilet paper to save the world.

In 2012, on the back of an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaig...

SURFSTITCH DOWNGRADES EARNINGS AS SHARES PLUNGE 25 PER CENT IN A DAY

TROUBLED online sports clothing retailer SurfStitch is considering selling off more of its assets and will close i...

AUSCANN RESUMES TRADE AFTER $12 MILLION CAPITAL RAISING

IT'S BEEN a big few days for medical cannabis manufacturer AusCann (ASX: AC8), as the company emerged from a trad...

APN AND oOh!media MERGER CALLED OFF, CEO 'AMAZED' AT ACCC'S DECISION

THE PROPOSED $1.6 billion merger between Australia's two largest advertising groups, APN (ASX: APO) and oOh!me...

BOOK YOUR FUNCTION SPACE HERE

 

 

 

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details
Subscriptions

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter