Western Teacher : Volume 46.1 - January 2017
14 Western Teacher January 2017 Industrial A research project funded by SafeWork Australia and carried out by researchers at the University of South Australia, The Australian Workplace Barometer project, has been measuring levels of workplace bullying and harassment over the period 2009-2015. Data for the project was collected from telephone interviews of employees from all Australian states and territories on three occasions over that six year period. Participants were randomly selected. The latest report based on the 2014/2015 data shows that: • The national incidence of workplace bullying and harassment has risen dramatically from seven per cent in 2009- 2011 to 9.6 per cent. • Economically, bullying is estimated to cost up to $36 billion annually in Australia. • Of bullied workers, 12.2 per cent were bullied daily, 32.6 per cent were bullied at least once per week and 27.9 per cent once per month. • In 62.3 per cent of cases, the bully was a supervisor and in 28 per cent of cases it was due to a co-worker. • Industries with the highest levels of bullying were: electric, gas and water supply, health and community services, Bullying and harassment in Australian workplaces By Joy Barrett OSH organiser government administration and defence, transport and storage, mining and education. • The bullying prevalence rate in education was 9.8 per cent. • The Northern Territory has the highest prevalence rate of bullying in Australia. • Of the seven types of harassment measures, the most common forms of harassment reported were: o Being sworn at or yelled at (37.2 per cent). o Being humiliated in front of others (23.2 per cent). o Being physically assaulted or threatened by patients/clients (21.8 per cent). • Negative comments due to race or ethnicity were experienced by 7.4 per cent of respondents. • Unfair treatment due to gender was experienced by 10.9 per cent of respondents. • Women were more likely than men to be bullied and experience unwanted sexual advances, unfair treatment because of their gender, or being physically assaulted or threatened by a client or patient. • Men were significantly more likely to experience being sworn at or yelled at in the workplace. The researchers have developed the notion that each organisation has a Psychological Safety Climate (PSC) which is measurable and can be used to predict the presence, prevalence and risk of bullying, harassment and psychological stress of individuals within the organisation. The PSC of an organisation encapsulates the value that senior management places on worker psychological health and wellbeing. It is defined as the enacted organisational policies, practices and procedures aimed at securing worker psychological health. The PSC of an organisation can be improved by: o Re-education and retraining of managers and supervisors to establish appropriate workplace behaviours. o Establishing worker psychological health as a core business value. o Reducing work pressure, work demands, work competition. o Providing greater resources to workers. o Enabling workers to have greater control and power in their jobs and their work places. The full report can be found on the SafeWork Australia website at: http://bit.ly/2hKms0U The Museum Learning Program delivers quality local history and geography programs tailored to meet aspects of the Australian National Curriculum for Years 2 and 3. Visit us at heritage listed Wireless Hill Museum, Telefunken Drive, Ardross. Book your excursion today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, visit melvillecity.com.au/museumlearningprogram.
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