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.