If you thought bullying ended in school, you’d be wrong. In fact the workplace bully is more complicated than the school yard bully because their behaviour involves more than just physically bullying a person.
Workplace bullying is behaviour that threatens or harms to the extent that it creates a risk to an employee’s health and safety.This behaviour can be directed towards a single person or a group of colleagues.
In the workplace bullying includes ongoing and repeated abusive behaviour which includes offensive language and shouting, belittling, victimisation and the spreading of malicious rumours.
But bullying can also be more subtle. For example withholding information needed for work, denying access to required information or tools, setting unreasonable tasks or that which is above the worker’s skill level.
In the workplace bullying can have consequences for the victim and the organisation, leading to stress, anxiety and even medical conditions for the victims.
The organisation should not tolerate it because it can lead to reduced productivity, increased absenteeism and even expensive legal issues.