Towards the Prevention of Workplace Bullying: Evaluation of the Impact of a National Intervention
Workplace bullying is a significant problem in New Zealand workplaces. In response, the New Zealand Government agency WorkSafe New Zealand released guidance on management and prevention strategies as part of its “Best Practice Guidelines” series. The aim of the guidelines was to influence the macro level of New Zealand employment relations by trying to shape individual and organisational practice. This webinar reports on research that attempted to assess the short-term impact of these guidelines according to the potential shifts in perceptions held by sector specialists from human resources, employment relations and health and safety.
You will learn:
- The prevalence of workplace bullying in New Zealand and the regulatory context for its management and prevention.
- The influence that a policy level intervention can have.
- The types of intervention practices that are typically planned, implemented and considered by specialists in New Zealand.
- How the NZ experience can provide insight into advancing your own intervention initiatives.
Take home messages:
- Workplace bullying continues to be a significant problem for NZ. 12- 18% of workers report bullying behaviours.
- Workplace bullying is not just a problem for organisations but a problem of organisation.
- Effective prevention for workplace bullying requires improving the work environment not just fixing people.