When the Know Bull! website went 'live' 10 years in 2007...we were a little 'ahead of our time'. Back then, there was the occasional media story about workplace bullying and a few good, international anti-
To increase awareness about the devastating impact of workplace bullying on 'targets' and the financial toll borne by organisations...in 2008 we established a national workplace anti-
In June 2010 we introduced Workplace Bullying Awareness Month -
From early on, Know Bull! recognised that while workplace bullying and school bullying shared some
We continued to dig into bullying behaviours, worked with organisations and unions on a global scale to improve workplace cultures, provided organisations with materials to do the same, and conducted presentations in workplaces.
By early 2009, we'd gathered a sizeable amount of information from individuals and organisations who'd taken the time to communicate with us. And after noticing the beginnings of two distinct trends we sought further information via an online survey.
The Extent & Effects of Workplace Bullying Survey Report (collated late 2009 and published 2010), confirmed i) "strong support for the introduction of a ‘new’ statutory course of action encompassing the notion of 'the deliberate and/or intentional infliction of a hostile work environment', under which organisations, and workplace bullies could be prosecuted", and ii) a strong correlation between workplace bullying and suicide. At the time we wrote:
The most sobering finding of the Know Bull! Extent and Effects of Workplace Bullying Survey revealed that 1 in 5 (16.6%) of respondents said that they had “known of, or worked with a staff member who, after being targeted by a workplace bully, later committed suicide”. This statistic on its own indicates that despite OH&S legislation – many ‘unsafe’ workplaces exist, and that perhaps OH&S legislation doesn’t have sufficient ‘teeth’ to curb the existence of workplace bullying, and that workplace bullying (and its effects) should in fact have its own ‘criminal category’.
We began to herald 'looming' changes regarding workplace legislation -
Then in June 2011, and motivated by community groundswell after a court case that penalised workplace bullies who tragically drove a 19-
By May 2012 Australia's then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced a national review into workplace bullying. The Parliamentary committee report that followed, Workplace Bullying: We just want it to stop, was tabled October 2012. By March 2013 the Australian Federal Government proposed an amendment (The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013) to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The new 'Bully Laws' came into effect nationally, from 1st January 2014. The changes Know Bull! heralded in 2010, have now become a reality.
Within the first few months of 2014 there's been an explosion of information about workplace bullying. These days you can't pick up a paper or magazine; watch a current affairs or morning news show; or even read an online news site without coming across something to do with bullying...or how some organisation, psychologist, group, law firm, or 'guru' can help people deal with it. Previously relegated to the 'we're not interested pile', now it seems that workplace bullying...is the new 'little black dress'.
The increase in awareness about workplace bullying is a good thing, but hopefully all this white noise doesn't dilute the message that to create 'safe and respectful workplaces' -
Know Bull! still stands by our message that Workplace Bullies are far too expensive to keep! And every day -
As a way assist bully 'targets' to cope with bullying in their workplaces, we began with Anti-
Finally, there's also a page containing 'quick' web polls -