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Bullying investigations: unfair and brutal

In possibly the most unusual case of workplace bullying I have encountered the bully kept a diary of his mistreatment of his victim. He catalogued the extensive and sometimes bizarre bullying acts on the company‚Äôs information technology system. In doing so, he was bragging to his cohort and encouraging them to join in. They obliged. […]

Orica’s Ian Smith confesses to ‘aggressive’ behaviour

Orica’s chief executive Ian Smith said he is extremely disappointed that his sometimes aggressive and confrontational management style has led to his sudden departure from the explosives giant. Orica, the world’s biggest supplier of mining explosives, on Wednesday said that Mr Smith will step down and a global search for a new CEO is underway. […]

How workplace bullying harms every employee in the toxic environment

Workplace bullying has become a silent epidemic in North America, one that has huge hidden costs in terms of employee well-being and productivity. Bullying, also known as psychological harassment or emotional abuse, involves the conscious repeated effort to wound another person, not with violence, but with words and actions. It damages the physical, emotional and […]

Tasmanian Greens help launch petition to make bullying a criminal offence

Tasmanian Greens Leader Kim Booth has thrown his support behind a petition by awareness group Angels Hope to make bullying an offence. Angels Hope and Mr Booth used the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence to launch the petition, which calls for changes to the State Criminal Code to tackle the issue of […]

Workplace watchdog accused of bullying culture

WorkSafe Victoria, the government watchdog charged with overseeing workers’ safety, is being accused of having a bullying culture within its ranks. There are accusations that WorkSafe is not setting a good example, and some staff are even taking legal action against the regulator. WorkSafe watches over thousands of workplaces across the state and investigates bullying […]

Bosses urged to watch for workplace psychopaths

An Australian psychotherapist is urging employers to watch out for workplace psychopaths, who he says are more common than generally thought. Doctor John Clarke says workplace psychopaths exist in most large organisations and can isolate and mentally destroy the staff around them. Speaking at the Tasmanian Work Health & Safety Conference, Dr Clarke said the […]

School the battlefield of bullying

TEACHERS have spoken out against a culture of bullying in schools across the country, asking how they can possibly stop schoolyard taunts when they are being victimised themselves. Submissions to a federal parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying document hateful screaming matches, character assassination, threats and spying, with many pointing to their principals as the prime […]

Bullying claims at veterans’ home

A Canberra retirement home for military veterans is being rocked by a bullying scandal that has forced the ACT’s work safety authority to intervene. The Morshead retirement village in Canberra’s inner north has been ordered by WorkSafe ACT to investigate serious allegations of bullying. Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said an ”improvement notice” had been […]

Workplace bullying: it’s a bad business

It is the silent epidemic that claims billions of dollars in revenue each year, but the biggest cost by far for a company that hires a bully is the trauma experienced by staff in the firing line. Workplace experts say that if bullies are not dealt with appropriately, low productivity, absenteeism and even physical illness […]

Scientists ‘bullied or forced out’ of CSIRO

Two of three CSIRO employees who blew the whistle on alleged ”criminal or civil breaches of the law” by the scientific organisation were later made redundant, it has been revealed. But those officials who were the subject of the complaints remain employed, the CSIRO has confirmed. The details have emerged after a group of former […]