There as been a power shift across many workplaces and many businesses have been the whipping posts from their employees who have become more emboldened from the comfort of their own home. And ongoing stressors from COVID19 generally have factored greatly.
The issue of upwards bullying is little known, let alone discussed. Upward bullying is where staff individually or in groups sabotage, target, harass and white-ant managers and leaders. It impacts large and small businesses alike. But small businesses are particularly at risk as the lack of productivity and financial impact can bring them to the brink without redress.
Whereas downward bullying is the reverse from leaders and managers towards staff and has escalated enormously within the new working environments.
During 2020 the incidence of upward and downward bullying has been creating untold and added complexities to what has been the most difficult year.
Having courageous conversations around sexual harrassment and sexism is essential. And as disturbingly shown on this weeks Four Corners program of sexism in Parliament, turning a blind eye cements a normalised culture of abuse which is dangerous on so many levels.
We also discussed the rise of claims and how COVID and working from home has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of many workplaces.
Local and state government workplaces comprise an extremely diverse range of professions and roles. From that compendium is a ripe breeding ground for casual sexism and vocation stereotyping.
Across civil engineering, town planning, maternal health, aged care to landscaping, numerous roles have been historically beset with gender bias. Whilst hiring and workplace ‘traditional role’ stereotyping is shifting, it is still covertly and overtly prevalent.
The underpinning culture of stereotyping and resultant exclusion intensifies casual sexism at levels that range from mildly annoying to illegal discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying claims.
Bullying is a serious issue in small business workplaces across Australia. It doesn’t just impact those involved but business profits, revenue, productivity and morale.
Since COVID-19 there has been an increase in bullying and a reduction in workplace trust. Estimates published from The Productivity Commission indicate workplace bullying costs the Australian economy up to $36 billion per annum.
Take a listen to why.