Bullying and harassment

Greg Barton, Director, Insight Services Group

Workplace bullies are often workplace big fish. Combating the problem requires a top down approach.

Some of the costs of workplace bullying are easy to quantify. According to union spokesperson Geoff Lewin, in 2009-10, Victoria Police were paying for a “serious problem with bullying that they will not even acknowledge,” to the tune of a $50 million blowout in workers’ compensation premium. However, the most devastating impacts of workplace bullying defy monetary valuation. An inquest into the suicide of a young Melbourn...

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