Workplace Bullying

Bullying is typically associated with schools and children as its victims. However, adults can be victims of bullying too, most often at their workplace. Just like bullied children, adult victims of bullying can experience severe emotional distress which can seriously affect their work performance, family relationships and their health. Unlike harassment, bullying isn’t unlawful but this doesn’t mean its victims have to put up with it. In fact, its methods and effects are often the same as harassment which is against the law.

What Is Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is repeated mistreatment of one or more persons. It can took many forms including:

Workplace bullying can occur face-to-face as well as via phone and online.

What Does the Law Say About Workplace Bullying

As mentioned earlier, bullying isn’t unlawful (for now). But the employer is legally obliged to take measures which may also include dismissal if one or multiple employees are harassed. According to the law, harassment is unacceptable behaviour towards an individual due to his or her:

What Can Employees Do if Bullied or Harassed at Workplace

Sometimes the most effective way to deal with workplace bullying or harassment is to face the bully and ask him or her to stop with unacceptable behaviour. If the bullying or harassment continues, employee should turn to their employer in a form of formal grievance which legally obliges the employer to take action. If this doesn’t help either, an employee can turn to the Employment Tribunal.

What Employers Can Do About Workplace Bullying

Bullied employees are unhappy at their workplace and this shows in their productivity. In order for them to be productive, they need to feel good at their workplace. It is therefore in the employer’s interest to prevent/stop workplace bullying by: