As a senior executive it’s important that you are a positive role model for your team and that you lead by example. Leaders and managers are primarily responsible for being aware of work health and safety trends in your workplace, allocating adequate resources to addressing WHS issues and ensuring your agency is meeting their safety obligations.
Ethical behaviour among leaders is associated with higher employee motivation and commitment, a greater willingness to report problems to management, less sick leave, and higher engagement and productivity.
Preventing psychosocial hazards, including bullying, is a legislative duty under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017. You must take a risk-based approach to managing psychosocial hazards, pursue prevention as the preferred strategy, and follow your agency processes if your employees report feeling unsafe. It is also important encourage your people to openly discuss challenges they are facing and support them through these processes.