Bullying in the workplace

Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended.

Bullying makes work intolerable for many and is unacceptable behaviour in whatever form it takes. It is also extremely costly - the costs to the worker include misery, low self-esteem, mental and physical ill-health, and loss of job and career prospects; for the employer, the costs are direct, through sickness absence, indirect through recruitment and retention problems, and hidden, through the effect on morale and productivity.

Workplace bullying presents itself in a wide variety of forms, such as:

  • Managers shouting at staff, sometimes in private but often in front of others, such as subordinates or other managers
  • Managers constantly criticising those by whom they feel threatened, who may be particularly competent or well-liked etc
  • Removing responsibility and setting workers trivial or menial tasks instead
  • Setting impossible deadlines and criticising when they aren't met
  • Directing personal insults at individuals
  • Ignoring or excluding individuals
  • Being openly aggressive or threatening
  • Ridiculing or criticising an individual or their work in front of others
  • Shifting blame onto one individual when something goes wrong
  • Refusing reasonable requests for time-off, training etc.


If you are experiencing bullying at work then the resources below may help you.

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