Do you feel supported and free to say what you think at work? If so, you likely work somewhere with a strong psychosocial safety climate.

Although psychological health and safety is an important issue for regulators, employers and employees, there is no reliable and valid brief suite of measures to assess the level of psychosocial health and safety attitudes, and behaviours in the workplace.

To address this, Professor Brian Cooper of the Monash Business School and his team developed a psychometrically sound suite of leading indicator assessment tools to be used as a diagnostic and screening protocol to target workplace interventions.

As part of a research project for WorkSafe Victoria, a survey of 1,000 currently employed adults in the State of Victoria was conducted to develop an understanding of the relationship between attitudes towards bullying and the perpetration of bullying. An extensive validation process for all measures used in the study was conducted.

Responses from the survey found:

Permissive attitudes towards bullying were associated with the perpetration of negative behaviours such as bullying in the workplace.

Attitudes towards bullying were substantially more impactful on the perpetration of bullying, compared to other supportive elements in the workplace environment such as psychosocial safety climate and supervisor support.

This research confirms that attitudinal change is an important issue that needs to be addressed to help reduce the likelihood of workplace bullying. The brief suite of tools developed from this study can be used to help: