Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that can lead to physical or psychological harm.
Repeated behaviour is persistent and can involve a range of actions over time.
Unreasonable behaviour are actions that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would see as unreasonable. It includes victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening a person. A single incident of unreasonable behaviour isn’t considered workplace bullying, but it could escalate and shouldn’t be ignored.
If there is bullying, or may be bullying in your workplace you cannot ignore it and must deal with it. If you are being bullied, you should report it to your employer.
WorkSafe New Zealand (external link) has more information about bulling and
- options for reporting it if you feel you are being bullied
- how to deal with bullying if you are a manager.