Creating positives from the negatives: The Victorian public sector response to bullying & harassment

McKeown, Tui, Vimes, Greg and Härtel, Charmine (2008). Creating positives from the negatives: The Victorian public sector response to bullying & harassment. In: 6e Conférence internationale sur le harcèlement psychologique: moral au travail. 6th International Conference on Workplace Bullying: Sharing our Knowledge. Résumés / Abstracts (Dir./Eds.). 6e Conférence internationale sur le harcèlement psychologique: moral au travail. 6th International Conference on Workplace Bullying: Sharing our Knowledge (Bullying 2008), Montréal, Canada, (87-88). 4-6 June 2008.

Author McKeown, Tui
Vimes, Greg
Härtel, Charmine
Title of paper Creating positives from the negatives: The Victorian public sector response to bullying & harassment
Conference name 6e Conférence internationale sur le harcèlement psychologique: moral au travail. 6th International Conference on Workplace Bullying: Sharing our Knowledge (Bullying 2008)
Conference location Montréal, Canada
Conference dates 4-6 June 2008
Convener École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal
Proceedings title 6e Conférence internationale sur le harcèlement psychologique: moral au travail. 6th International Conference on Workplace Bullying: Sharing our Knowledge. Résumés / Abstracts (Dir./Eds.)
Publisher École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Published abstract
Start page 87
End page 88
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Using a multi-method approach, this paper presents the results of both a qualitative and quantitative examination of bullying and harassment in public sector workplaces of the Australian State of Victoria. The purpose of this paper is to explore and develop on previous cross-level models of bullying at the three levels of the individual, management and the organisation. This is an empirically-based paper and the data for the paper were gathered by staff at the Victorian State Services Authority in a series of three studies.

In conclusion, a key feature of the 3 studies is the acknowledgement that the problem belonged to and should be owned by the organisation, not the individual. This “no-blame” mentality is reinforced within widespread acceptance of the larger concept of PWE. The very negative fact of bullying and harassment as an issue within the Victorian public sector is being seen as a positive – an opportunity to reassess and to promote change for the benefit of all.

However, the three perspectives of organisational, managerial and individual factors involved in dealing effectively with workplace bullying and harassment emerge as still largely implicit rather than providing an explicit and workable model for change. We suggest that, while a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to be successful, organisations need structured organisational development framework and that this needs to be articulated in terms of communications emphasising that this is part of a larger, long term strategic approach – that PWE is far more than just about prevention rather than cure. It is about what makes work a meaningful and positive part of all of our lives.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Presented during "Présentations Orales - Oral Presentations" Session 11: "Le harcèlement psychologique dans les professions - Bullying in Professions" as Oral Presentation 121.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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