Bullying and Harassment Support (and Discrimination)

Bullying Support Service

Are you, or is someone you know, being bullied at work?

We know that bullying in the Screen Industry is widespread. We also know that bullying is a complex and nuanced topic – it can be hard to know what is or isn’t bullying or harassment, and often it is simply about how you are being made to feel.

Whether it’s happening directly to you, or you want to support others who are experiencing it, it’s stressful. Deciding how to deal with the issue can sometimes be very confusing and challenging.

Our Bullying Advice Service offers one-to-one support from our specialist Bullying Advisor who has worked in and understands the film and TV industry.

Here is the link to our online Bullying, Harassment Prevention Module available on the ScreenSafe website: www.screensafe.co.nz

What should you do if you think you’re being bullied, or if you want to help someone with a bullying issue?

1. Talk to our external independent Bullying Advisor

The Bullying Advice Service is a free, completely confidential telephone service and our external independent Bullying Advisor is trained to work with people who have, or who are currently experiencing bullying at work. Sometimes just talking about it can help you begin to understand and process your experience. It can also be a useful way for you to think about your options or any actions you may want to take.

If you would like to contact the service, you can make an appointment by emailing support@screenguild.co.nz You can also use this service to access advice for a colleague or for guidance on how to deal with a bullying claim reported to you.

2. Make a record

The first thing anyone who is concerned about being bullied at work should do is to start creating a log describing the behaviour they are experiencing or witnessing. Documenting your experiences can be an enormously helpful way of helping you understand what you’re going through and helps identify patterns and the seriousness of the behaviour.

Having a record will also help you if you decide that you want to take things further. It helps you with recall and to build a more compelling argument.

For further information see the ScreenSafe Guidelines: Bullying and Harassment information or our Sexual Harassment information.