Workplace bullying is not on

bullying.pngSuffering from stress following a mental health accident in the workplace is no different from suffering from a physical injury and should be treated as seriously.

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) defines bullying as “persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidation, malicious or insulting behaviour, abuse of power or unfair penal sanctions which can make a recipient feel upset, threatened, humiliated or vulnerable, which undermines their self-confidence and which may cause stress”.

Bullying can make a worker feel harmed, intimidated, threatened, victimised, undermined, offended, degraded, or humiliated, whether alone or in front of co-workers, visitors or customers.

While some workplace bullying may involve verbal abuse and physical violence, it can also be subtle intimidation, such as inappropriate comments about personal appearance, criticisms, isolation of workers from others and unrealistic, embarrassing or degrading work demands.

Workplace bullying can also be carried out via letters, email and telephone text messages.

Here are just some of the effects of bullying.

Other effects of bullying can also impact the workplace by creating low morale, high absenteeism and staff turnover. This can reduce productivity, and directly impact the economic cost to the workplace.

Bullying is not part of any workplace culture and is not to be tolerated. If you are being bullied, take action.

What is the responsibility of your employer and can WorkSafe do anything? Yes. And it also has a "Violence, aggression and bullying at work" code of practice.

For more information or further advice about bullying in the workplace, contact Union Organiser Linda Morich: lindam@rtbuwa.asn.au