Workplace bullying defined

WorkSafe have released New Zealand's first definition of workplace bullying and bullying prevention tools to support people in taking early self-help action against workplace bullying.

The tools include:

  • a cost calculator so employers can assess how much it can cost when they don’t deal adequately with bullying situations,
  • a workplace assessment tool that enables employers and workers to evaluate the culture in their workplace.

Institutional bullying
As well as the new definition of workplace bullying, WorkSafe also introduces the concept of ‘institutional bullying’, when an organisation’s norms, culture or practices allow behaviour that causes offence or undue stress, or where workplace structures, practices, policies or requirements place unreasonable burdens on employees without concern for their well-being.

The guidelines can be found on the WorkSafe NZ website.