Bullying is common in the workplace. It is unpleasant and can affect both a worker’s mental and physical health. It can also affect witnesses of the abuse in significant ways.

Workplace bullying is regular harassment, abuse, social exclusion, offensive behaviour or unfair treatment of a specific individual. It occurs when an individual or a group of people with more power, repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group of people who may feel helpless to respond.

Bullying is not a once off occurrence. The behaviour is repeated, unreasonable and habitual.

If bullying is taking place in your workplace, it is a risk for health and safety and needs to be addressed appropriately.

Our bullying and harassment section has information on what you can do about bullying.

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