More than 1200 workers were surveyed in a diverse range of industries, revealing that 49.87% had been subject to some form of bullying, harassment, discrimination, interpersonal conflict and/or unreasonable workplace behaviour.
With a prediction that psychological injuries will make up one in three workers’ compensation claims by 2029, states have taken legislative action. New laws across the country were brought last year to combat mental health injuries occurring in the workplace. A major focus of this legislation was addressing the toxic culture of workplace bullying.
Defined as ‘repeated unreasonable behaviour which creates a risk to health and safety in the workplace’, South Australian businesses are lawfully responsible for psychological and psychosocial hazards in the workplace.
If you are experiencing bullying in the workplace or want to pass on resources to an employer, SafeWork SA has a comprehensive guide to address workplace bullying from all levels.