The Australian Worker’s rights commission defines workplace bullying as “verbal, physical, social or psychological abuse by your employer (or manager), another person or group of people at work”.
The following information is taken from the Australian Worker’s Rights Commission supplying you with more detailed information regarding this phenomenon:
What does bullying in the workplace look like?
repeated hurtful remarks or attacks, or making fun of your work or you as a person (including your family, sex, sexuality, gender identity, race or culture, education or economic background)
sexual harassment, particularly unwelcome touching and sexually explicit comments and requests that make you uncomfortable
excluding you or stopping you from working with people or taking part in activities that relates to your work
playing mind games, ganging up on you, or other types of psychological harassment
intimidation (making you feel less important and undervalued)
giving you pointless tasks that have nothing to do with your job
giving you impossible jobs that can't be done in the given time or with the resources provided
changing your work hours or schedule to make it difficult for you
deliberately holding back information you need for getting your work done properly
pushing, shoving, tripping, grabbing you in the workplace attacking or threatening with equipment, knives, guns, clubs or any other type of object that can be turned into a weapon
initiation or hazing - where you are made to do humiliating or inappropriate things in order to be accepted as part of the team
How bullying can affect your work
be less active or successful
be less confident in your work
feel scared, stressed, anxious or depressed
have your life outside of work affected, e.g. study, relationships
want to stay away from work
feel like you can’t trust your employer or the people who you work with
lack confidence and happiness about yourself and your work
have physical signs of stress like headaches, backaches, sleep problems
Is this happening to you?
Then, don’t suffer in silence Recognise you do have rights
Start by checking your workplace policy to see if they have a policy regarding workplace bullying and a formal complaints procedure
Commence following the workplace procedures that are in place to protect you
If you find this difficult to do alone, consult professional help to support you through the process and/or help you to overcome the negative impact this has on your psychological wellbeing and your personal and professional life.