Workplaces Against Violence in Employment (WAVE)

Since 2002 WAVE has specialised in helping employers address workplace bullying and harassment. WAVE offers a complete range of tools and interventions to help employers.

Workplace bullying and harassment are behavioural hazards that any workplace can experience. They are known as “psychosocial hazards” because of the potential harm they can cause to people and to organisations. Bullying and harassment are recognised as forms of psychological violence that have an impact upon people’s mental and physical health, their wellbeing and their effectiveness in a workplace.  

Organisation have a “Duty of Care” to provide a safe environment for people to work in. In relation to bullying and harassment this means they need to...

  • Understand how to accurately identify bullying and harassment.

  • Respond effectively to complaints or concerns that get raised.

  • Build a workplace environment that reduces the likelihood of bullying and harassment happening in the first place.

Workplace bullying and harassment can occur in all workplaces, but some more than others. Be one of the “others” and build your organisation's capacity to prevent and respond.

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Click the play button to play a radio interview with Hadyn Olsen regarding the latest study by Victoria University showing high rates of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the public sector.


Workplace bullying, harassment and occupational violence are not simple issues to deal with. In many cases these actions go unnoticed or are ignored because they appear too difficult to prevent. However, if ignored or dealt with poorly they can create a toxic workplace where high staff turnover, complaints and ongoing conflict are the norm.

This practical book can help you recognise and cope with bullying and harassment in the workplace, and foster an environment of trust, respect and security for employees.

Workplace Bullying and Harassment is an invaluable guide that explains what workplace bullying and harassment are and how they can be dealt with. A toolbox for managers and supervisors or anyone in the workplace with an interest in sustaining productive interpersonal relationships, it provides information, advice, step-by-step processes and practical tips for dealing with workplace bullying and harassment problems.

Topics Include…

  • Defining workplace bullying and harassment

  • Legal responsibilities

  • Effects on organisations

  • Perpetrators

  • Targets and victims

  • Control measures - policy, education and leadership

  • Formal interventions

  • Dealing with perpetrators

  • Creating a bully-intolerant culture

And much more...

About The Author

Hadyn Olsen is a leading practitioner in this field in New Zealand. He has worked with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. His advice provides a guide not only for dealing with problems but for creating a culture of respect, dignity and safety for workplaces.