Workplace bullying

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Employers must treat workplace bullying as a serious issue as it can affect both the physical and mental health of school staff. As well as causing health and safety issues for an employee, an environment which tolerates bullying can lead to poor performance, decreased productivity and difficulties in retaining and recruiting staff.

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that employees are safe and free from bullying, harassment and discrimination at their workplace. Therefore, boards need to have a policy about bullying in place and ensure that the principal implements a process for reporting, recording and responding to bullying. Any reports of bullying should be treated seriously and dealt with promptly according to the board’s policy and school procedures.

Below are resources to help you develop or revise your bullying prevention and response policy and procedures.

Bullying Prevention Toolbox (WorkSafe NZ)

NZSTA Governance Frameworks

Resources for student bullying concerns

Bullying Prevention and Response Guide 2015 (MoE)

Bullying Free NZ

For further advice on workplace bullying, please contact the Employment Advisory & Support Centre on 0800 782 435 (option 2) or email 


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