Workplace bullying: Can we do better to stop it?

WHEN it comes to workplace bullying, can we do better to stem the issue in the future?

The NSW Business Chamber will hold a Workplace Update series to see if they can.

In recent weeks, we've seen police officers and workplace relations specialists finding themselves in front of the courts defending bullying and unfair dismissal claims, said a spokesperson from the NSW Business Chamber.

Federal Court judges have described behaviour in some industries as "sheer thuggery".

"Is this the example adults in this community should be setting for our children in a time when anti-bullying strategies are being rolled out in schools, including the new Safe Schools policy?" the spokesperson said.

According to the Fair Work Commission, most employers try to do the right thing but many don't realise the resources available to them to guide them in this very risky area.

NSW Business Chamber, as part of their ongoing commitment to helping businesses succeed in NSW, will be running free events focusing on workplace compliance and employee management.

The Workplace Update series will focus on educating employers on how to minimise risk and implement best practice employee management procedures.

"Setting a good example in the workplace should be a vision for all employers so we can set the benchmark for future generations of business owners," the spokesperson said.

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, the representative used to fight for employer interests by the Australian Chamber, will inform attendees at the Workplace Update series on how to embed successful performance management processes to ensure businesses don't find themselves with a bullying claim against them.

Business owners interested in attending this free event at Grafton, Lismore, Ballina or Tweed Heads should contact NSW Business Chamber Ballina office on 5631 8504 or visit http://www.nswbc.com.au



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