Bullying costs economy $15 billion

SCU PhD candidate Linda Bradbury is co-ordinating the Freedom from Bullying Expo in Lismore on Friday, November 12.
SCU PhD candidate Linda Bradbury is co-ordinating the Freedom from Bullying Expo in Lismore on Friday, November 12. JAY CRONAN

WORKPLACE bullying and harassment costs the Australian economy $15 billion a year.

And that figure is paid to only 24 per cent of targets and 19.2pc of bystanders, leaving 68pc of claims for compensation denied.

Workplace bullying will be one of the topics highlighted at the first Freedom from Bullying Expo being organised by the Northern Rivers Anti-Bullying Alliance (NRABA).

In a draft report earlier this year, the Productivity Commission found 2.5 million Australians experienced some aspect of bullying during their working lives.

Freedom from Bullying Expoco-ordinator and NRABA communications and research officer Linda Bradbury will give a presentation on workplace bullying.

The presentation will include definitions and descriptions of bullying, how it affects targets and witnesses, and the associated costs for the workplace.

“The cost to the target of bullying is really immeasurable,” Ms Bradbury said.

“There is a financial cost because often the person is reduced to a low income because they need to take time off work and in many cases when they do return to the workforce they are retained on a lower income.”

The Freedom from Bullying Expo will be held at the Lismore Worker’s Club auditorium on Friday, November 12, from 10am.

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