Massey works to end workplace bullying

Posted By TEU on Mar 21, 2013 |

Tertiary Update Vol 16 No 8

Massey University is working to prevent workplace bullying and harassment.

The project is a notable feature of the ongoing implementation of the recommendations from the Pay and Employment Equity Review, which the university undertook in cooperation with TEU in 2010. The university began its project by changing its ’20/20′ vision statement to incorporate a clear statement that such workplace bullying and harassment is unacceptable at Massey. Late last year the senior management team participated in a half-day workshop, and the university offered training on bullying and harassment to all its managers. Massey has recently indicated it will provide further workshops for managers with a clear expectation that they will all take part.

Currently the project implementation team, which was established with joint chairs Alan Davis, Assistant Vice Chancellor (People and Organisational Development) and Suzanne McNabb TEU women’s officer, is reviewing the university’s harassment contact network and planning to extend it to staff as well as students. It updated its Harassment at Work policy and procedures last year.

“Massey University has recognised that bullying and harassment is an issue, not just for staff at Massey, but throughout the sector. It has taken active steps to address findings from the Review as well as promoting a respectful culture,” said Suzanne McNabb, “and we applaud them for this work.”

TEU members at Waiāriki and Bay of Plenty polytechnics will be holding workshops on bullying and harassment next month.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Waikato cuts way to surplus
  2. The Opportunity March on 14 August
  3. Standardised assessment of learning poses dangers
  4. Race Relations Day today
  5. TPPA negotiations speed up despite asset sale fears

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