Bullying in NSW has cost the State economy almost $100 million in the last three years and the NSW Government is moving to educate employers about ways to eradicate it.

The Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said today a Bullying Prevention Kit has been developed by WorkCover to help employers identify bullying and know what to do about it.

“In the last three financial years in NSW there have been 4,746 workers compensation claims for bullying and harassment at a cost of almost $100 million,” Mr Pearce said.

“This is having a major impact on the state’s productivity and is one of the reasons why the Bullying Prevention Kit was developed.

“The kit uses a simple green, amber, and red traffic light concept, to help business develop bullying prevention systems and follows a rise in requests for information and assistance about workplace bullying,” he said.

Mr Pearce said under NSW work health and safety law, businesses were required to have appropriate bullying prevention strategies in place.

“Bullying is repeated unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety,” Mr Pearce said.

“Investigation, regular monitoring, and reviews of bullying are important so workers know it is taken seriously and that procedures to control the risk of bullying are effective.

“By reducing bullying in the workplace, businesses benefit from reduced absenteeism and improved morale among their workers which in the long term, improves productivity and profitability.

“Everyone in the workplace has the right to be treated with dignity and respect,” Mr Pearce said.

The Bullying Prevention Kit can be downloaded from the WorkCover NSW website.

You can read a PDF version of this media release.

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