The Federal Government has changed the Fair Work Act 2009 laws that will allow employees to seamlessly complain about workplace bullying in their workplace. They will be able to complain directly to the Fair Work Commission without consulting management in their workplace.
Workplace bullying has serious consequences to organisations that can lead to emotional and financial loss. Emotional consequences includes absenteeism, presenteenism, making mistakes due to stress and lack of motivation, and losing quality staff. Financial consequences can include the staff member making multiple claims because their workplace provided ineffective preventative care. The researchers from Queensland's Griffith University stated that the annual cost that has resulted form workplace bullying is between $6 billion and $13 billion per year. The annual cost is likely to rise with the new Fair Work Act 2009 laws.
The WorkSafe laws also require workplace to provide preventative care for their staff. If the workplace is deemed non-compliant then this can also lead to further claims and damage to the reputation of the brand. Contact Josie from JB Consulting and Psychology on 0410 534 489 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to avoid multiple claims and provide a safe workplace for your valuable staff.
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