A positive, inclusive workplace culture where bullying has no place will be highlighted on Friday 18 May, otherwise known as Pink Shirt Day.
At New Zealand King Salmon, a bullying-free environment is promoted formally through the company’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy, says Human Resources Advisor Nikki Rackley.
“NZKS is committed to a work environment that is free from any form of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including bullying and sexual harassment.”
NZKS Health, Safety and Wellness Manager Cameron Johnston says bullying is the lowering of status and confidence by repetitive and persistent physical or emotional abuse.
It can be verbal or physical and occur in person and increasingly through other channels such as text message or social media, both in and outside of the workplace. It is often a cycle where someone who was bullied during childhood or adolescence grows to be the bully, they become anxious and easily upset and take this out on those perceived as weaker, says Cameron.
It can have serious and ongoing impacts on people’s mental health and wellbeing, and affect an employee’s ability to do their job, says Cameron.
“This is why it is so important to create and foster a positive workplace culture and environment, where our employees can be themselves and bullying is not accepted.