What is workplace bullying
Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that can cause physical or mental harm. Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological or social. This may include victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening a person.
A single or occasional incident of insensitive or rude behaviour towards another person isn’t considered workplace bullying, but it could become more serious and shouldn’t be ignored.
Bullying can happen not just between managers and staff, but also among co-workers, contractors, customers, clients or visitors.
Employers have legal obligations to make sure that their workers are healthy and safe at work. This includes managing the risks of bullying at work.
If bullying causes physical harm, this can be a criminal offence, which should be reported to the Police. Call 111 if you’re in immediate physical danger.
Steps for employers to prevent and respond to bullying
What employers can do to address bullying at work.