Bullying is a serious issue in the workplace and can occur across all industries and job types. But what actually is considered bullying?
Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that can lead to physical or psychological harm.
The behaviour is persistent (occurs more than once) and can involve a range of actions over time.
Unreasonable behaviour means actions that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would see as unreasonable. It includes victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening. Bullying may also include harassment, discrimination or violence.
While the business or undertaking must effectively deal with bullying at work, everyone at work has a role in dealing with it. We have advice for workers about what bullying at work can look like, and what they can do if they think they are being bullied, or are accused of being a bully.
If you see bullying, or you are being bullied – you need to speak up about it. Have a talk with your supervisor, union rep, or health and safety rep.
Your mouth is one of the best bits of safety gear you’ve got. Speak up if you see something’s not right.
He taonga haumaru tō reo, whakamahia: Your voice is a powerful safety tool, speak up – use it.