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Workplace bullying is a significant hazard in New Zealand. Not only does it affect people physically and mentally, it can disrupt workplaces and reduce productivity. Employers who don’t deal with it risk breaching legislation, such as the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, the Employment Relations Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1993.

The guidelines were developed with MBIE and has a focus on both employees and employers responding early before a situation gets out of hand and focusing first of all on workplace based solutions. The guidelines provide a clear definition of bullying – a first for New Zealand.

Advice for employees ranges from how to assess if you are being bullied to recording instances of bullying behaviour to a range of low-key solutions. Advice for employers ranges from how to best respond to reports or allegations of bullying to promoting a healthy and respectful work environment.

The guidelines are supported by a range of online tools that you can access from this page. Most of the tools will allow you to print out a report.

The Preventing and responding to workplace bullying guidelines are supported by a range of online tools that you can access from this page. Most of the tools will allow you to print out a report.




The guidelines provide advice to employees and employers as to how to prevent workplace bullying or respond to it if it is occurring in the workplace. It offers a range of options from low-key solutions to undertaking investigations.

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Tools for employees

Am I being bullied – questionnaire

You don’t like what’s happening at work, but is it bullying? Work your way through this flowchart to decide whether it is bullying and what you can do about it. Use the printable report as a record of what you are experiencing.

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What can I do about bullying?

You’ve decided the behaviour you are experiencing is workplace bullying? This flowchart fast tracks you through the various responses you could try to resolve the situation.

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Tools for employers

Workplace Assessment Tool

Use this tool to assess your workplace factors that can help limit bullying. The tool will build you a printable report on how you can improve your workplace.

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Workplace bullying cost calculator

Find out how costly bullying could be for your workplace by using this calculator. Add your costs to the calculator and print out the results. Check out the calculator’s three actual examples of workplace bullying.

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Employers – Prevent Workplace Bullying

Here’s some advice on how employers can improve their workplace culture and prevent bullying happening.

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Employers – Responding to an allegation

The flowchart takes employers through a recommended process for dealing with an allegation of workplace bullying. If appropriate attempt a low key solution before more formal approaches.

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Last updated 30 July 2014


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.