The bullying example that led to this book

The book Bullying in Australian (and Other) Workplaces was inspired by author John Murphy’s involvement as an advocate in a serious case of worker abuse. ‘Jane’ asked for help when she was targeted for mistreatment by her manager. Many years earlier, John completed a doctoral thesis on job satisfaction, a related topic, and 10 yearsContinue reading “The bullying example that led to this book”

Workplace bullying: What you’re up against if you complain

If you listen to information and advice about workplace bullying from government-funded health and safety regulators and other agencies, you could reasonably assume that Australian workers are well protected from bullying by strong laws, clear policies, robust and ethical processes. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Acting on their bullying can be highlyContinue reading “Workplace bullying: What you’re up against if you complain”

Creating respectful workplaces that prevent bullying

Workplace bullying can’t be eliminated easily, especially in larger workplaces, but it can be managed and minimised where respect prevails. Staff-conduct policies and occasional workshops and seminars won’t prevent bullying. It requires a strong workplace culture that fosters respect and trust for employees. Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said, ‘Respect is how toContinue reading “Creating respectful workplaces that prevent bullying”

Workplace bullying: Employers’ dirty tactics

‘The corporate sector’s dirty secret.’ That’s how prominent US bullying prevention advocates Dr Gary Namie and Dr Ruth Namie describe workplace bullying. Of course, not all employers and their managers use dirty tactics to cover up bullying but let’s look at the methods of those who do. Some methods are in common practice, such asContinue reading “Workplace bullying: Employers’ dirty tactics”