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Bullying at work.jpgWorkplace bullying is a serious health and safety hazard in Australian workplaces. Evidence suggests that bullying at work is largely a product of poor organisational functioning rather than personality conflicts. However, bullying is usually treated as an interpersonal problem between staff members, overlooking the root causes of the behaviour in the way that an organisation functions.

Researchers from UniSA’s Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX) have gathered all the latest research about workplace bullying and used their expertise to develop an evidence-based tool for the risk assessment of workplace bullying.

The risk audit tool enables organisations to identify and reduce their risk factors for workplace bullying therefore supporting sustainable and effective bullying prevention.

The tool can assist organisations to enhance compliance with work health and safety legislation by providing a safe working environment in which psychosocial hazards are managed.

By going through the risk assessment, an organisation can identify where the risks of bullying lie in the organisational system and what the focal points for risk management efforts should be.

Guided by the risk audit tool, organisations can build a resilient work environment to support the mental health and wellbeing of workers.