Bullying and harassment in a workplace always impacts negatively on the business bottom line if it is not dealt with adequately. An organisation can be affected through;
- Lower productivity levels. Low morale equals diminished output
- Higher absentee rates. Unhappy workers are more likely to take sick leave
- Increased potential work Work Cover claims
- Reduced worker loyalty and trust
- Higher staff attrition rates. If workers feel they are not being adequately protected or their concerns ignored, they will leave
Examples of Bullying Behavior in the Workplace
- Attacking or threatening a worker with any type of object that can be used as a weaponPushing, shoving, tripping or grabbing a person in the workplace
- Repeated hurtful remarks or attacks, belittling or making fun of a person’s family, sexuality, gender, race, culture, education or social economic background
- Sexual harassment such as unwanted or unsolicited touching, sexually explicit jokes, comments or emails or any sort of invasion of a person’s personal space that would reasonably make them feel uncomfortable
- Playing mind games, ganging up or other types of psychological harassment
- Intimidation. Making a person feel less important or devalued.
- Giving a worker pointless tasks that are unrelated to their job or giving a worker tasks that are impossible to complete.
- Excluding or stopping a worker from working with people or taking part in workplace activities
- Deliberately and frequently changing rostered shifts or work hours to the detriment of the worker
- Deliberately withholding information needed by the worker to adequately perform their duties
- Initiation or ‘hazing’ – a ritualistic practice in which workers are made to carry out humiliating or inappropriate tasks in order to be accepted as part of the team.