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 socio 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. types of workplace bullying 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.

Sad cyber bullying victim being photographed by her colleagues at office

  • 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.