This is a great idea, however, those already in the workforce need to be dealt with as well – I suspect there are a great many already employed by insurance companies as well. It’s the nature of the industry!!
High school bullies will get knocked back from working at clubs across NSW under a new program targeting their career prospects.
Clubs have joined local high schools in NSW’s Murray region to take a stand against “bullying, stalking, cyber stalking and threatening behaviour”.
Any person 22 or younger who wants to get a job at a registered club will need to get a verbal referee check from their high school.
If the school tells the club the job applicant has been involved in bullying or threatening behaviour, the applicant will get the thumbs down.
“If you bully or threaten students, then you are risking your own career prospects,” ClubsNSW chief executive Anthony Ball said in a statement.
He said the BULLYcheck program took the focus off victims and put it on the perpetrators.
“Bullies don’t care about the harm they do to others,” Mr Ball said.
“This program forces students to think about the effect their bullying will have on their own career, which for many is the most powerful motivator of all.”
But if students raised their own history of being a bully – and showed genuine remorse – then Mr Ball said their applications would be considered on their merits.
Mr Ball hopes the program will be adopted across the state once the 12-month trial is completed.
Chief executive of the Murray Down Golf and Country Club, Greg Roberts, said bullying in the workplace cost the Australian economy up to $13 billion a year.
“Experts tell us that bullying that goes uncorrected in the school yard often continues through to the workplace,” he said.
The program is expected to be rolled out statewide next year.
Minister for Gaming and Racing George Souris applauded the program.
“Bullying, both at school and in the workplace, has a costly and devastating effect on the victims and the community at large,” he said in a statement.
“I congratulate ClubsNSW on helping to fight this scourge.
“I am also pleased to note that ClubsNSW understands that bullies can earn a second chance and that their members are prepared to help rehabilitate and consider employing former school bullies.”
Facts about bullying in Australian schools and workplaces
* About 50 per cent of children say they have been bullied once or more.
* 70 per cent of teachers have observed bullying or had it reported to them.
* A quarter of children report being cyber bullied.
* Young people who bully have a one in four chance of having a criminal record by the time they reach 30.
* 2.5 million people experience some aspect of bullying during their working lives.
* Bullying in the workplace costs businesses between $6 billion and $13 billion a year.
* Average cost of serious bullying is $20,000 per employee.