Workplace bullying means any behaviour that is directed towards an employee or group of employees that aims to victimise, humiliate, undermine or threaten. It can be in the form of verbal, physical or psychological abuse. Bullying can include behaviours, such as:
- Verbal abuse (being put down or ridiculed)
- Making fun of you or your work (including your family, sex, sexuality, race or culture, education or economic background).
- Education or economic background)
- Excluding or isolating you from people or situations
- Intimidation (making you feel afraid or fearful to go about your work as usual).
- Giving you pointless jobs that have nothing to do with your job
- Deliberately holding back information you need for getting your work done properly
- Teasing or regularly making someone the brunt of practical jokes.
- Practical jokes
- Displaying material that is degrading or offensive
- Spreading gossip, rumours and innuendo of a malicious nature
While there are a variety of reasons why a person may bully another person in the workplace, bullying behaviours are not acceptable and need to be acted upon.
Bullying can impact not only those employees directly exposed but others around them, including family, co-workers and friends. The reaction of individual employees varies, and can include:
- Feeling scared, stressed, anxious or depressed
- Having less confidence and self belief
- Having your life outside of work affected, e.g. study, relationships
- Feeling unable to trust your employer or the people with whom you work
- Having physical symptoms of stress such as headaches or sleep problems
- Being absent more from work
- Panic attacks or impaired ability to make decisions
- Incapacity to work, concentration problems
- Reduced output and performance
- Depression or a sense of isolation
- Physical injury
How we can help
Life Resolutions has a network of qualified psychologists who specialise in helping you find ways to address and resolve workplace bullying.
To find out more, please call our Life Resolutions Essendon team on 1300 668 256.