How long since you've reviewed your business' bullying policy?
As we really kick into the new year (I consider January the “warm-up” month), you may want to reassess your business’ practices and procedure surrounding bullying in the workplace.
Recently, the Melbourne Magistrates Court fined an employer $100,000.00 including costs for bullying his employees to such an extent that he was deemed to have breached workplace health and safety laws.
While this particular employer, who bullied employees in his laundry business, dealt with his workers in a particularly harsh manner, it is important that all businesses consider their position in relation to bullying to protect themselves in the event that one of the business’ managers is found to have bullied any of their employees.
While as a business owner you are no doubt against bullying, a bullying policy will allow you to maintain a standard against which to judge your managers and other employees, so that you can limit the risk of being found vicariously liable for any bullying related actions undertaken by managers in your business.
In this day and age, it is also important to consider social media in your bullying policy. If you need help drafting such a policy, feel free to shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .