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Bullying in the public sector
Bullying in the public sector
Bullying is more common in the public sector than in private companies. It goes to say that if a private company was infested with a culture of bullying, they would go bankrupt fairly quickly. No surprise then, when The Syney Morning Herald reports about Bullying in the NSW public sector.

Despite complaints, investigators found "no evidence" to support allegations.

Work place bullying, and more so public sector work place bullying, is far from easy to prove. There are tiny administrative tweaks, intentional work overload, ignoring the person in meetings, overruling decisions in a manner that does not make any sense and blaming the person who was overruled for the results, repeatedly interrupting the person, and so on. The techinques are many.

The only way in which it is possible to prove that bullying is occuring is by taking the time to document absolutely every communication with the bully. It is time consuming, makes you focus on your situation as a victim and takes away just as much energy from your work as the bullying itself.

    "The EPA chairman Barry Buffier said the organisation had developed and promoted information for staff to identify what bullying was, what to do if bullying occurred, and the roles and responsibilities for all staff concerned."
It would be interesting to see this documentation. Because it brings me to the next discussion: Do anti-bullying programs work? Opinions are just as different as the available programmes themselves. As I have mentioned earlier, bullying is a symptom of something deeper produced by our society, and treating it as a closed source service programme will only treat the symptom. The real solution will lie in a public process.

One strategy that has been getting attention is zero tolerance - primarilly because these tend to go too far and do little to address the core issues that produce bullying in the first place. And when properly hacked, such policies can easily become a tool for the bully to intimidate the victim.

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