Bullying and Harassment at Work

Massey University wants to ensure that staff have a positive work environment where they can perform to the best of their ability and with each other to support the achievement of the University’s goals and objectives.

Massey takes bullying and harassment seriously. All staff have the right to carry out their work in an environment free from harassment, and to be treated with dignity and respect. 

The policy sets out Massey’s guidance to staff and managers on preventing bullying and harassment at work:

Harassment and Discrimination at Work Policy

Harassment and Discrimination Resolution Procedures

What is harassment?

Harassment of any kind is broadly defined as any behaviour directed towards an individual or group that a reasonable person, having regard to the circumstances would expect to insult, intimidate, victimise or disadvantage the recipient and which is:

  • Unwelcome, hurtful or offensive, to the recipient, and is
  • Repeated and/or is of such significance as to adversely affect the recipient's employment or wellbeing.

Harassment includes discrimination, sexual harassment, personal harassment, abuse of supervisory/managerial authority, and bullying.  

What harassment is not

The following are examples of behaviour that are not considered to be harassment:

  • Legitimate management activity, including managing a staff member’s behaviour or performance,
  • Friendly banter,
  • Consensual relationships,
  • Assertive expressing of opinions that are different from others’ opinions,
  • Issuing of reasonable instructions.

Staff training is available on dealing with bullying and harassment at work through the Development Calendar.

What can I do if I think I am being harassed?

There are a number of options available and a number of places you can get advice and support. Massey supports early intervention as the best option for long term resolution where harassment arises in the workplace. Not dealing with the matter promptly may lead to an escalation of the issues.

Check out these resources or contact any of the following:

What Massey does to deal with bullying and harassment at work

Promoting Positive Working Environments - Poster

As part of Massey’s commitment to foster a work environment that is free from harassment, we: 

  • Provide regular training for staff and managers about bullying and harassment and how to deal with it.
  • Ensure information is available on dealing with bullying and harassment – see links above.
  • Ensure there is a range of people available for staff to talk to about issues they may have regarding bullying and harassment - see details above.
  • Encourage informal and low level outcomes where staff initially raise issues of bullying behaviour or harassment, e.g. through the use of mediation, counselling, or other support.
  • Treat any bullying and harassment complaint seriously and in accordance with our policies and procedures.
  • Can put steps in place to ensure staff are not victimised or hassled for raising a complaint.
  • Ensure that natural justice is followed in investigating any complaint of bullying and harassment.
  • Take action where it is found that staff have been bullying or harassing other staff.

We support all staff taking responsibility for upholding appropriate standards of conduct in the workplace but will not tolerate people who make false complaints or complaints without foundation.

Resources available for managers


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