If you think back to all the different places you've worked, how many times have you experienced or seen workplace bullying happening first or second-hand? I'm sure there's a good number of you reading this right now that can probably think of a few times that you've seen or experienced it happening.
That powerful question kicked off the day's webinar, with Lindsay Evans, our Head of Legal and Compliance delving straight into the issues at hand, that while I'm sure we are all aware of the costs associated with workplace bullying, the reality is, there is more than just monetary costs and penalties at stake.
Lindsay focussed on case law examples, where claims of workplace bullying happened and as a result, did irreparable damage to the brand, and the secondary people involved in the incident. Often times, workplace culture of those institutions were put under a microscope to find that tone at the top didn't exist, putting boards and leaders at the forefront of the issue for turning a blind eye to the activities occurring within the organisation.
Some key takeaways that Lindsay spoke about included:
- Brand and reputational damage - what it can do to your business.
- Internal costs to employees: low morale = low productivity
- Critical look at culture and the board - if tone starts at the top, why were boards and leaders blind to such misconduct taking place?
- What it takes to prevent workplace bullying: looking closer at policies around conduct and behaviour, better training around workplace bullying and compliance, using onboarding as a time to let new hires understand their roles within the business and what behaviour is expected of them.
Watch the Webinar Recording: