Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying can be defined as repeated, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour directed towards a worker, or a group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety.

A workplace situation can be identified as bullying if a worker or workers are:

  • harmed;
  • intimidated;
  • threatened;
  • victimised;
  • undermined;
  • offended;
  • degraded; or
  • humiliated,

whether alone or in front of co-workers, visitors or customers.

While some workplace bullying may involve verbal abuse and physical violence, bullying can also be subtle intimidation with inappropriate comments about personal appearance, constant criticisms, isolation of workers from others and unrealistic, embarrassing or degrading work demands. Workplace bullying can also be carried out via letters, email and telephone text messages.

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Last modified: Thursday, 10 October 2013, 9:55 AM