He notes a number of issues with the code:-
- It "even prohibits "eye-rolling responses" that might "diminish a person's dignity". "
- "Workers left idle or underutilized may be able to file for workers' compensation, as the code lists "not providing enough work" as a form of "indirect bullying".
- "Also in the "indirect bullying" category; a manager who constantly changes deadlines or sets timelines that are difficult to achieve may trigger such a claim.
- "Employers are advised to ban pranks and discourage "exclusive clubs or cliques", so workers are not "ostracized" by colleagues."
He goes on to say
"They ban bullying in the workplace, making it a compensable event, but cannot label the bully as a bully, because it is apparently a hurtful and bullying thing to do. I suppose the unintentional bully could then go out on workers' comp as well, having been victimized by a mean and vicious label. At this rate it won't be long before the whole country is sitting at home pouting and waiting for a check".
Wilson states that he has "long felt a strong affinity for the Aussie population. My mental image of them is that of a rough and tumble lot, working and playing hard; enjoying life and living large".
He concludes by saying "I am not a proponent of workplace bullying, and do not support such behavior in any way, but these draconian restrictions strike me as absurd. At some point we have a responsibility for our own lives, and there are other remedies available to us when confronted with a real, rather than imagined, office bully".
Perhaps Mr Wilson would like to read about the nature of bullying that we have experienced at the University of Newcastle - that might change his mind about workplace bullying in Australia.