What is workplace bullying?
Bullying in the workplace means treatment of a person, or a group, that:
- is unfair
- is repeated or ongoing
- makes people feel embarrassed, victimised, humiliated, threatened or undermined, and it is reasonable for them to feel that way.
A bully can be anyone within the workplace including a manager, a supervisor or another member of staff. Clients, customers and other business contacts can also bully.
Bullying behaviour can be:
- physical or verbal abuse
- constant put-downs
- spreading gossip
- excluding people
- unreasonably criticising someone's work
- assigning too much or inappropriate work
- denying opportunities for training, promotion, or interesting assignments
- withholding information that a person needs to do their job.
Giving feedback and constructive criticism, raising concerns about work performance, disciplining or dismissing staff, are not bullying if these actions are done in a reasonable way.
Last updated on 27 May, 2010 - 13:21.