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Preventing Workplace Bullying

We're delighted with the progress of our book: 

Preventing Workplace Bullying: An evidence based guide for managers and employees

published by Allen and Unwin. The book is available at all good bookstores, online, and direct from the publisher.
For readers in North America, The UK, and Europe, the book will be published by Routledge. You can order a copy through Amazon or any other online bookseller.

We hope that you will find the book to be a useful, informative and accessible resource! We welcome your comments and feedback - just click Contact us to leave us a message.

The back cover

Workplace bullying can damage both staff and the organisation they work for. This practical guide explains how to identify bullying and deal with it effectively, or better still, prevent it.

'Workplace bullying is tough for everyone. Preventing Workplace Bullying helps managers and consultants clarify what is and isn't bullying, and gives excellent guidance on how to deal with it.' - Charlotte Rayner, Professor of Human Resource Management, Portsmouth Business School, UK

Workplace bullying is more common and costly than most people realise. It can make life unbearable for employees in any industry, and ultimately undermine an organisation's bottom line. In this practical guide, Carlo Caponecchia and Anne Wyatt explain how to identify workplace bullying and apply best practice to preventing and managing it. They outline what constitutes bullying at work, demystify some of the controversial issues, and discuss the various factors which influence workplace bullying. The responsibilities of management, and legal implications in different countries are outlined, and supported with best practice guides for policies, complaints procedures and risk management systems. Options and resources for targets experiencing bullying are also explored. These ideas and concepts are illustrated throughout with real case studies.

This evidence-based book on workplace bullying is a valuable resource for organisations of all sizes and for anyone affected by bullying at work including employees, human resource managers, workplace consultants, counsellors, mediators and legal advisors.


Read a review of the book published in Occupational Health at Work June/July 2011

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Read the review of the book published in  Red Tape, the newsletter of the Public Service Association of NSW

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Other publications

Distinguishing between violence, bullying and harassment

Read our article on ways to distinguish between these problems, and the importance of doing so.

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The complete citation is: Caponecchia, C., & Wyatt, A. (2009).
Distinguishing between bullying, harassment and violence: A risk management approach. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety Australia and New Zealand, 25(6), 439-449. The article is reproduced here with the kind permission of CCH Australia

The problem with workplace psychopaths

Read our editorial on the problems with the "workplace psychopaths" approach to workplace bullying, published in October 2007 in the Journal of Occupational Health and Safety Australia and New Zealand.

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The complete citation is: Caponecchia, C., & Wyatt, A. (2007). The problem with "workplace psychopaths". Journal of Occupational Health and Safety Australia and New Zealand, 23(5), 403-406. The article is reproduced here with the kind permission of CCH Australia

Experimental work which developed on this theme was published in the Journal of Business Ethics. The complete citation is: Caponecchia, C., Sun, A. Y. Z. & Wyatt, A. ‘Psychopaths’ at Work? Implications of Lay Persons’ Use of Labels and Behavioural Criteria for Psychopathy. Journal of Business Ethics, 107, 4, 399-408. doi 10.1007/s10551-011-1049-9


Several of Carlo's commentary pieces have been published at The Conversation relevant to workplace bullying.

Shining a new light on bullying risk (4 May 2012)

Prevention, resolution and recourse: Responses to the workplace bullying inquiry  (13 Feb 2013)

National bullying definition is a welcome start - now let's act (28 Nov 2013)       


New FWC powers to stop bullying06-Jan-2014

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has new powers from January 1, 2014 to receive claims of workplac..

Workplace bullying guidance material released06-Jan-2014

New guidance material on preventing and responding to workplace bullying was released by Safe Wo..