Bullying in Australian (and Other) Workplaces

Bullying in Australian (and Other) Workplaces

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This groundbreaking book explains workplace bullying in plain English for the general reader in a revealing, forthright and often confronting style. It includes the latest viewpoints and strategies on addressing one of Australia's most serious workplace health and safety problems.

Attempts to address bullying in Australian workplaces are failing. News media tell us almost weekly about severe bullying in industries such as emergency services, health, business, public service and not-for-profits. But bullying affects workers employed in all sectors, big and small. Independent staff surveys reveal bullying rates upwards of 25 per cent in some industries.

Worldwide, most employees don't report their bullying for a range of valid reasons. Among them is fear of retribution and lack of faith that anything will be done about it, so the extent of the problem is understated. Millions of Australians suffer miserable and sometimes wretched work lives, struggling daily to come to work. Their pain spills into every other part of their being.

While this book focuses on Australian workplaces, the problem of bullying is global. The lessons here and strategies for dealing with it will resonate with readers worldwide.

This book is an independent not-for-profit project funded by the Triple A Foundation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 21mm | 544g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 0645223700
  • 9780645223705

About John W Murphy

Dr John William Murphy is a qualified social worker with 40 years' experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He taught social work at Monash University and worked in family and children's services, community development and volunteering. He has supported employees who have been bullied at work and advised employers. Barrie Thomas is a qualified social worker with a 42-year business career which included bringing The Body Shop cosmetics retail chain to Australia and New Zealand where he is currently managing director. He was an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University. Dr Max Liddell has social work qualifications and has had a long career in family and children's services and private consulting. He was an Associate Professor and Head of the Social Work Department at Monash University and recently wrote a seminal history, Child Welfare in Australia Since 1788.
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