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Dealing with bullying at the workplace

Workplace bullying is repeated inappropriate behaviour that can occur at work and/or in the course of employment. It may be direct or indirect, verbal or physical, or some form of negative interaction between one or more persons against another or others. Bullying behaviour can be regarded as undermining an individual’s right to dignity at work.

An isolated incident of behaviour as described in this definition may be an affront to dignity at work but as a one-off incident, is not considered to be bullying. Bullying may harm, intimidate, threaten, victimise, undermine, offend, degrade or humiliate another person. Workplace bullying can be harmful to organisations as well as individuals, resulting in reduced efficiency, productivity and profitability; increased absenteeism and staff turnover; increased counselling, mediation costs and compensation claims; and possible legal action. Read more…

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