How to combat bullying in on the construction siteBullying in the construction industryWorkplace bullying is a problem tha...
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How to combat bullying in on the construction site

  1. 1. How to combat bullying in on the construction siteBullying in the construction industryWorkplace bullying is a problem that has been plaguing a number of worksites and schools inOz. There are no industries that are immune to workplace bullying, even the constructionindustry has workers who complain of this unacceptable behaviour directed towards them. Thisincident was highlighted by a victim on the website anddescribes an example ofworkplace bullying masked under the guise of management. The worker was treated differentlyfrom others and discriminated against.This is what the post had to say: After a couple of weeks of starting we were in the Architect’s office, which was full of their staff listening to the discussion, when I pulled the PM aside making a few suggestions how to go forward on an issue. This lead to a tirade of abuse from him, who seemed to be holding me liable for all the mistakes on the job, even those prior to my arrival. This left me devastated and I then had to sit in a meeting with the PM until 8pm that night when all I wanted to do was get away from him. The following morning I arrived at work at 7am when it started again, an absolute tirade of abuse and being blamed for all sorts. Things went from bad to worse, although he didn’t verbally abuse me (he did others but they just got on with it) but it upset me greatly to think his behaviour was not corrected by his (the PM’s) boss. I was meant to be in charge of a department but my ideas of what my priorities were never coincided with that of the PM, who had me continually updating his schedules. When I complained to my manager in head office I was told not to worry just keep the PM happy. Other staff went on courses, including staff from my own department, but I wasn’t allowed to. I found out that mine had been cancelled by the PM and the few I did get manage to get on I would receive a call at the training centre telling me to get back to 1/2
  2. 2. work. Source: This illustrates just one type of bullying that occurs daily in workplaces, bullying of staff by superiors. It is as equally unacceptable as any other type of bullying. Bullying can be in the form of verbal, physical, social or psychological abuse. Like in the post above it can be from your employer, supervisor, another person or group of people at work and occurs in all types of workplaces and industries. Many of the workplace woes we see as a result of bullying include reduced productivity, increased absenteeism, physical stress such as headaches, backaches, insomnia. These side effects ultimately affect a person’s ability to do their job and so employers should take these incidents more seriously. It is important that workers feel that their complaints will be taken seriously, unlike in the case above. Superiors should not be given absolute power to make employees lives miserable so accusations of victimisation should be taken seriously regardless of their rank or position. Some of the most common examples of workplace bullying include making repeated hurtful remarks, sexual harassment, playing mind games, shoving, pushing, tripping or any uninvited and harmful physical contact, intimidation, threatening and ganging up on a worker. Employers are allowed to transfer you, demote, discipline, counsel, retrench or fire you for valid reasons. However if it is preceded by intimidating or bullying behaviour then it is unacceptable. Workers who are being bullied often suffer from severe depression, which has led to suicide in the past. But there is recourse that workers can follow. Most workplaces should have workplace bullying policy and complaints procedures in place and if they do, workers should follow it. However if not, workers should contact their immediate supervisor. If the supervisor is the cause of the bullying, speak to someone above him/her. If your company is not doing anything and the bullying continues, you can approach your union, discuss the situation and seek advice from them. Also ensure that all your complaints are written down and you keep a track record of all the cases of bullying, when and where they occurred. You can talk to your supervisor/manager, a harassment contact officer, or a health and safety representative. It is important that workers are aware of the help available to them so that they do not feel hopeless and depressed which can lead to tragic consequences such as suicide. How to combat bullying in on the construction site 2/2Powered by TCPDF (