John McPhilbin, a very brave and inspirational injured worker currently studying for a degree in Social Science, has kindly shared his enlightening paper about workplace bullying and the failure of the [NSW] government to effectively manage itself…
Workplace bullying: Silent Epidemic and Major Policy Failure
Bullying is the key workplace health and safety issue of our time. It can affect anyone in any job, regardless of what task they perform, what kind of people they work with, or of what industry they are part. These issues are not easy and they need to be tackled head on, rather than ignored until they become so unbearable for people that they cannot face going to work — Caponecchia, C., and Wyatt, A.(2011).
In 2010, the government authority responsible for educating, monitoring and enforcing anti-bullying policies across NSW workplaces, found itself at the centre of a number media allegations claiming that bullying was widespread within the
organisation. This case demonstrates the failure of government to effectively manage itself despite being responsible to policy formulation and enforcement in the wider community.
This report will define the problem of workplace bullying as well as detail certain key components of government response to the issue. It will also be argued that the government’s economically rational approach to managing occupational health and safety (OH&S), actually hinders, rather than helps in efforts to reduce the incidences as well as costs associated with workplace bullying (Jamrozik, 2009).
This report will also recommend the need for a major shift in perspective that recognises workplace bullying as a major social health issue that has significant costs attached to ongoing policy failure (at personal, organisational, and economic levels of Australian society).
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Again, we thank John McPhilbin for sharing such insightful perspectives