Bullying In The Workplace


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First of all, we can define “workplace bullying” as the tendency of individuals or groups to use persistent aggressive or unreasonable behaviour against a co-worker or subordinate.

Workplace bullying can include: verbal, nonverbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. This type of aggression is particularly difficult because unlike the typical forms of school bullying, workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society.

Bullying in the workplace is in the majority of cases reported as having been perpetrated by management and takes a wide variety of forms :unfairly treated,pPublic humiliation(s), regularly threatened with dismissal, any form of undermining behaviour, taking credit for things you have done, unfairly passed over for promotion or denied training opportunities, etc.

We have prepared a presentation, willing to clarify some important matters about this interesting subject.

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Bullying In The Workplace

  1. 1. Bullying in the Workplace
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Bullying at work is when someone tries to intimidate another worker, often in front of colleagues. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>You cannot make a legal claim directly about bullying, but complaints can be made under laws covering discrimination and harassment. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bullying Behavior Examples <ul><li>Bullying includes abuse, physical or verbal violence, humiliation and undermining someone's confidence. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bullying Behavior Examples <ul><li>You are probably being bullied if, for example, you are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>constantly picked on, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>humiliated in front of colleagues, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regularly unfairly treated, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>physically or verbally abused, </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Bullying Behavior Examples <ul><li>You are probably being bullied if, for example, you are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>blamed for problems caused by others, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>always given too much to do, so that you regularly fail in your work, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regularly threatened with the sack, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>unfairly passed over for promotion or denied training opportunities. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Bullying Behavior Main Actions <ul><li>Bullying can be face-to-face, in writing, over the phone or by fax or email. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bullying in the Workplace Before Taking Action <ul><li>If you think you are being bullied, it is best to talk it over with someone. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes what seems like bullying might not be. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bullying in the Workplace Taking Action <ul><li>There are measures you can take if you are being bullied: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get advice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak to someone about how you might deal with the problem informally, this might be: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>an employee representative like a trade union official, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>someone in the firms human resources department, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>your manager or supervisor </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Bullying in the Workplace Taking Action <ul><li>There are measures you can take if you are being bullied: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get advice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to the bully. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep a written record or diary, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down details of every incident and keep copies of any relevant documents. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making a formal complaint. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak to someone about how you might deal with the problem informally. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Awkward Situations <ul><li>The bully is your manager: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the complaint in writing to your line manager and ask that it is passed on to another manager to look into. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The person bullying you is a sole trader or the firm's managing director or owner: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the grievance procedure. It may help you later if you have to take legal action against your employer. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Awkward Situations <ul><li>Your boss is violent and abusive towards you and you are afraid to make a complaint: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you think that making a complaint will cause further bullying or harassment, you don’t need to follow normal grievance procedures. In cases like this, you can still then take legal action if you wish. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Legal Action <ul><li>If nothing is done to put things right, you can think about legal action, which may mean going to an Employment Tribunal. Get professional advice before taking this step. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that it is not possible to go to an Employment Tribunal directly over bullying. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Legal Action <ul><li>If you have left your job because of bullying, you might be able to claim unfair 'constructive' dismissal. </li></ul><ul><li>This can be difficult to prove, so it is important to get advice from a specialist lawyer or other professional. </li></ul>
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