Following on from our special on bullying a couple of weeks ago, tonight on your rights at night we’re going to take a different look at how workers are responding to the issue of bullying in their workplaces.
A new R U OK? Australian Workplace Relationships Survey has revealed Australian workforces are fostering an ‘avoidance culture’ among employees – with nearly half of people surveyed saying they would rather look for a new job than face up to a workplace issue. The same number said they resort to taking days off when faced with a tough time at work.
The national survey, conducted in partnership with The Centre for Corporate Health – one of Australia’s leading workplace mental health service providers – has also revealed that the ineffectiveness of Australian workplaces in dealing with difficult problems is having a detrimental effect on employee mental health and wellbeing.
We talked to Rachel Clements – Co-founder and Director of Psychological Services, Centre For Corporate Health, who was involved with the study.