Work with Purpose | Episode #75 | 16 January 2023

The vast majority of public servants behave respectfully and civilly to their colleagues, but employee surveys of public servants across the country repeatedly show that bullying and harassment are still significant issues. There is strong evidence that it weakens institutions, undermines productivity and innovation, and poisons workplace culture.
In this special re-run episode, we revisit an important conversation that we brought to our listeners as part of the ‘National Perspective’ series. The conversation explores what workplace bullying and harassment look like and how to ensure safe and respectful workplaces in the public sector.
We were joined by Adam Fennessy PSM, Head of ANZSOG (The Australia and New Zealand School of Government), Professor Renée Leon PSM FIPAA, Vice-Chancellor and President at Charles Sturt University and President of IPAA National, and Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM FIPAA, Secretary of APS Reform. Guest host Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led an important discussion on:

  • What makes a healthy workplace culture.
  • The current state of bullying and harassment in the APS.
  • Varied approaches to tackling workplace bullying.
  • The impact this has on the APS.



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