Bullying & Harassment
Repeated, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour directed towards a worker, or group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety. Bullying is defined by the effect of the behaviour, even though there may not be an intent to bully.
Examples of Overt Bullying:
- Abusive, insulting or offensive language
- Behaviour or language that frightens, humiliates, belittles or degrades including criticism that is delivered with yelling and screaming
- Inappropriate comments about a person's appearance, lifestyle or their family
- Teasing or regularly making someone the brunt of pranks or jokes
- Interfering with a person's personal effects or work equipment
- Physical assault or threats
Examples of Covert Bullying:
- Unreasonably overloading a person with work
- Setting timelines that are difficult to achieve or constantly changing deadlines
- Setting tasks that are beyond a person's skill level
- Ignoring or isolating a person
- Deliberately denying access to information
- Unfair treatment in relation to accessing entitlements such as leave or training
Effects of Bullying:
- Stress, anxiety, sleep disturbance
- Panic attacks or impaired ability to make decisions
- Incapacity to work, concentration problems, loss of self confidence and reduced output and performance
- Depression or sense of isolation and in extreme cases, risk of suicide
- Physical injury and/or
- Reduced quality of home and family life
What to do:
Contact the IEU
- We can assist in developing strategies to deal with the person
- We can assist in drafting letters
- We can assist in making a complaint to Worksafe
- Keep a record of the incidents
- Exactly what was the behaviour involved?
- When did it happen, including the date and time?
- How did it make you feel?
- Tell the person concerned that when they did X, it made you feel X and ask them to cease that behaviour
- If the behaviour continues you need to make the approach more formal, and
- If it continues after this a Formal complaint needs to be made to the School Management Team, which would include reference to the informal and formal approaches you have made to the bully.
- We can assist in drafting both the informal and formal letters.
- If you feel unable to approach the person yourself, we can assist.