Dealing with bullying and harrassment in the workplace

What is defined as workplace bullying?

Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

 

Unreasonable behaviour means actions that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would see as unreasonable. It includes victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening a person.

A single incident of unreasonable behaviour is not considered workplace bullying, but it could escalate and should not be ignored.

 

How could you tell whether you are being bullied or harassed at your workplace?

Bullying could be repeated unreasonable behaviour towards you from a group of employees, your manager or even clients or suppliers etc. The unacceptable bullying behaviours can include:

  • being put down, especially when it’s done in front of other people
  • frequent finding fault and what is perceived as micro managing, always discounting the opinion of or what the other person says
  • using threatening language aimed against you
  • not acknowledging your contributions and achievements while it is being done for others
  • refusing to allow you to take the breaks or approving leave you are entitled to without any good reason
  • frequently embarrassing you on your appearance
  • being singled out and treated differently (worse) from work colleagues
  • being overloaded with work, or having most of it taken away
  • making threats (even subtle hints) about your work security
  • constant personal attacks about anything leading to a feeling of being victimised.

If you experience any of the behaviours listed above aimed at you, or, if you even suspect that such behaviour started to occur, you should take action. It is very important for you to make contact with us as it takes time to prepare and present a case for the bullying to be ceased. It is also important that you know what initial steps to take to prevent this unfortunate situation from escalating.