There’s machinery operating, animals can at times be unpredictable, and work takes place in many different places and environments.
Being bullied at work?
Keep a diary of the incidents. If it seems like there is a pattern then let someone know, that person may be your manager or the farm owner but it will depend on the circumstances. If you feel like you aren’t getting a response, get in touch with Employment New Zealand on 0800 20 90 20.
These organisations also offer support:
- Rural Employee Support Hub or call 0800 694 121
- Federated Farmers or call 0800 327 646
- Citizens Advice Bureau or call 0800 367 222
- Rural Support Trust or call 0800 787 254
See or suspect bullying, drugs or alcohol in the workplace?
You need to let someone know. Just because bullying doesn’t affect you directly doesn’t mean that it’s ok. Sometimes a little friendly support is all that’s needed. Most of the time the appropriate person to talk to will be your manager.
Drugs and alcohol in the workplace
It is not acceptable to go to work under the influence. Under the influence could mean milking after having had a few beers with lunch, having taken illegal drugs or if you are hungover.
Drugs and alcohol in the workplace are inappropriate and dangerous; you could injure yourself, the animals or other people. Most likely, you will be sent home and end up in a disciplinary process whereby your employment could be terminated.
Take action and tell someone, then let it go
Seeing someone in distress and knowing how much you need to help can be difficult. It’s important to realise their stress can affect your ability to function normally at work and at home.