Workplace Bullying Shouldn’t be Suffered in Silence
Any behaviour that’s directed towards and individual or group of people in the workplace with the intent to humiliate, threaten, undermine or victimise is workplace bullying. It can take many forms including, psychological, verbal and even physical abuse.
Behaviours include, but are not limited to:
- Verbal abuse (Putdowns and ridicule)
- Making fun of you, or your work (Including: sex, family, race or culture, sexuality, education or socioeconomic background)
- Isolating or excluding you or people from situations
- Intimidation (making you fearful or afraid to work)
- Purposely withholding information you require
- Teasing, mocking or regularly making someone the brunt of a joke
- Displaying material the is inappropriate or offensive
- Spreading malicious gossip, rumours or innuendo
There are a variety of reasons that cause individuals to bully others in the workplace, however these are unacceptable behaviours that require action. The consequences of workplace bullying impact both the direct victims as well as the people around them including family, co-workers and friends.
The Effects of Workplace Bullying
While individual reactions vary, typical effects include:
- Feelings of being stressed, anxious, depressed or scared
- Reduction in confidence or self-belief
- Activities outside of work affected: study, relationships etc.
- Loss of trust for your employer or workmates
- Physical symptoms such as sleep problems and head aches
- High levels of absenteeism
- Impaired ability to make decisions or panic attacks
- Concentration problems, inability to work
To find out how we can help call us on 1300 668 256