This article vindicates why bullying in the workplace—or anywhere—and should never be tolerated.
This article from the Sydney Morning Herald makes the following points:
- While workplace bullying has nearly always been with us.
- A generational shift appears to be taking place where bullying will never be tolerated.
- Bullying and abuse of power are increasingly being called out.
- The result of bullying is tragically portrayed through the case of Brodie Padlock.
- Co-workers personally criticised Brodie.
- Before long, they were physically abusing her.
- The owner turned a blind eye.
- Brodie ended up taking her own life.
- In 2011 the Victorian government introduced Brodie’s Law, which imposed a 10-year jail sentence for bullying.
- Sometimes it is difficult to define what constitutes bullying.
- Lawyer Michael Bradley reminds us that “part of the difficulty is that the employment relationship is not and can never be an equal one".
- He goes on to note, "there is an obvious risk that reasonable management action by an employer could be perceived as bullying by an employee who disagrees with the employer’s perception.”
- One strategy is always to try to avoid making subjective comments.
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Source Information Sydney Morning Herald