Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable behaviour towards a person or group, and for which that behaviour creates a risk to the health and safety of an individual or group. Some examples of bullying include victimisation, assault, humiliation, isolation and exclusion, practical jokes, offensive comments, or unreasonable work demands.
Bullying and harassment at work may often go undetected or may be ongoing over a number of years. If these matters are not addressed in a timely and appropriate manner, the risks for your organisation may be substantial in terms of legal costs, people costs, and work, health and safety costs. Everyone in the workplace has a responsibility to address these issues, however, business owners, Directors and Managers have a higher duty of care for protecting their workers from bullying and harassment. If you have any concerns or questions regarding what bullying or harassment may look like in your workplace, or would like to enquire about initiating a workplace investigation, please contact Katie Cowley at The Workplace Adviser for bullying and harassment adviser.