WORKPLACE BULLYING

Many might think that Bullying seems very much like a playground issue, but the truth is it’s a

major problem in our workplaces too.


There are various types of bullying ranging from bosses unfairly dismissing employees via email to line managers making decisions without following proper procedure; The National Bullying Helpline, indicates the latter is more common than you’d like to think.


While the majority of people consider workplace bullying to be verbal, that’s not to say physical bullying is unheard of either.


There are known about cases where physical assaults have taken place, from blocking an person's exit to physical beatings.


What is workplace bullying?


The Trades Union Congress (TUC) describes workplace bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or humiliating behaviour, abuse of power or authority which attempts to undermine an individual or group of employees and which may cause them to suffer stress”.


Harassment can occur face-to-face, by letter, email or phone. Examples of bullying behaviour include:


  • Criticising competent staff, taking their responsibilities away or giving them trivial tasks to do.

  • Shouting at staff.

  • Spreading malicious rumours about another member of staff.

  • Persistently picking on people, or undermining them, in front of others or in private.

  • · Blocking promotion.