Bullying in the workplace

Are you experiencing bullying in the workplace?Are you not sure how to manage it? or Are you not sure what is the right process or who to talk to in the workplace? or Have your attempts to resolve it made the situation worse? or Are you considering making a worker’s compensation stress related claim?

What is Workplace Bullying?

Workplace bullying is defined as persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidating or insulting behaviour, abuse of power or unfair penal sanctions which make the recipient feel upset, threatened, humiliated or vulnerable. Workplace bullying undermines the recipient’s self-confidence and may cause them to suffer stress. It can include tactics such as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation (Tracy, Lutgen-Sandvik, & Alberts, 2006).

You don’t have to resolve this conflict on your own. A resolution Psychologists are experts in assisting people to manage the effects of bullying in the workplace. If you don’t have an employee assistance provider or your not sure you can trust that it will be completely confidential A resolution can provide you with the expertise, confidentiality and support you need to manage this conflictual and stressful time in your life.

Outcomes of bullying can vary from lower job satisfaction to psychological and psychomatic health complaints, chronic diseases or even suicide (Kivimaki, 2000; Mikkelsen & Einarsen, 2002; Meek, 2004). There are also correlations between bullying and lower self-confidence, stress, and sickness absences. (Kivimaki et al., 2000; Vartia, 2001; Quine, 2003). Based on figure 1, it shows that the outcomes of bullying can lead to increasing organizational problems and conflicts. There are costs involved in this process as well; lower productivity and poor quality due to lower job satisfaction, lower motivation and self-confidence, higher personnel cost due to turnovers and training new employees, etc.

What to do?

  • if you feel unwell after an incident, go home, do not confront the bully when you are emotional
  • check your work’s policy on bullying and harassment
  • writing down everything that happens so that you have records
  • talk to people you trust – whether it’s a friend or a psychologist with expertise in workplace conflict
  • talk to the bully about their behaviour, if you feel safe doing this
  • talk a manager or supervisor or human resources
  • taking it further: if you can’t resolve the issue in your workplace, you can talk to theAustralian Human Rights Commission, a union rep, or if it has stress you you may be able to make a worker’s compensation claim.

You don’t have to do this on your own, we can help you to reach a resolution call 1300 ARESOLVE or contact us to book an appointment now.



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