Don't react to workplace bullying.
Eliminate it.

Based on 10 years of research by University of South Australia’s Professor Michelle Tuckey, the Healthy Workplaces by Design program is reducing bullying complaints by 46%.

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From 1 April 2023, obligated businesses will be required to demonstrate a psychosocial risk management process.

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The program

Using world-first research by the University of South Australia, the Healthy Workplaces by Design program is an enterprise-wide risk audit and data-driven intervention process that works.

Identify the root causes of bullying

Go beyond top line triggers into psychosocial hazards

Adhere to your new work health and safety obligations

Proactively mitigate psychosocial hazards and bullying risk


The old way

Bullying is only seen as an interpersonal problem, where the emphasis is on dealing with the fallout of bullying behaviour. Significant time and effort is spent on investigating bullying, education, training and support.

Our better way

We tackle the root causes of bullying before it becomes a problem, by identifying and mitigating their risks. This approach has already been successful across food retailing, health, government and more.

Workplace bullying is a problem

Around 1.1 million Australian workers experience serious workplace bullying, with 39% of mental disorder claims caused by workplace bullying, harassment, or violence.

Workplace bullying also causes $36 billion of lost productivity each year and with Safe Work Australia recording a 75% increase in bullying claims over the past ten years, it’s a problem that's not slowing down.

Many people only equate bullying with bullies. But it actually flourishes when the incentive to treat people badly is able to take root.

That's why our program has a clear focus on identifying and mitigating these root causes, that are often hidden away
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Professor Michelle Tucky
Centre for Workplace Excellence
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Reduce your risk

reduction in exposure to workplace bullying
reduction in sexual harassment complaints
reduction in workplace bullying complaints

Randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Workplaces by Design program 2020-2021.

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How the program works

Shift from reacting to bullying behaviour, to proactively identifying and mitigating the root causes.

1. Preparation
We build awareness and readiness for the program.

2. Diagnosis
Let's identify the organisational conditions to focus on.

3. Solutions
Co-design strategies to make changes in the focal areas.

4. Implementation
Create and implement the action plan.

5. Evaluation
It's time to measure the success of the changes made.

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Why the program works

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1. Evidence-based

We spend time understanding the root causes of psychosocial risk at a systems level. This helps create the best solution for your organisation.

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2. Team engagement

Because staff, team leaders, and managers are all involved in the creation of our solutions, changes are more likely to be accepted.

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3. Unique team profile

Each team receives a unique diagnostic profile of their areas of risk. This resonates and motivates staff towards ongoing action.

Increase happiness & productivity at work

increase in job satisfaction
reduction in absenteeism
increase in work engagement

Randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Workplaces by Design program 2020-2021.

Create a healthier workplace

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Prepare to meet new psychosocial hazard regulations

Reduce your exposure to bullying behaviour

Adopt measures based on proven academic best practice

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Who is Professor Michelle Tuckey?
Professor Michelle Tuckey from UniSA’s Centre of Workplace Excellence has spent the last 18 years researching mentally healthy workplaces that are resistant to workplace bullying and occupational stress. Her research advances the risk management of bullying as a work health and safety hazard, including evidence-based practical tools and interventions to diagnose and minimise the organisational risks for bullying. Michelle’s research has been applied in a range of public and private sector organisations, and by health and safety regulatory bodies nationally and internationally. Michelle has over 100 significant research publications and her work has had significant national policy impact through expert consultation, advice, and reports.

What is the Healthy Workplaces by Design program?
The Healthy Workplaces by Design program is an evidence-based risk audit tool and risk management intervention process, initially developed at the University of South Australia (UniSA) It has been used successfully in a range of industry sectors across Australia. These include food retailing, health, government/public service, custodial corrections, youth justice, community services, and work health and safety regulation. Michelle and her team are now partnering with Teamgage to deliver their work via the Healthy Workplaces by Design program to an even wider audience.

Is employee feedback generated in the Healthy Workplaces by Design program anonymous?
Yes. To generate open and honest insights, no one will be able to view who has submitted or left feedback within Teamgage.