Am I the subject of BAD Behaviour?
The impact of workplace bullying on the individual is often brutal, damaging ones psychological and physical health .
The effects of BAD behaviour may include; depression, anxiety, substance mis-use, relationship breakdowns, loss of confidence, low morale, sleep disturbances, feeling worthless, nausea, body pains, inability to work and intentional self harm.
Am I the subject of BAD behaviour? Have I witnessed BAD behaviour in my workplace?
- Repeated hurtful remarks or attacks, or making fun of your work or you as a person (including your family, gender, sexuality, gender identity, race or culture, education or economic background)
- Sexual harassment, particularly unwelcome touching and sexually explicit comments and requests that make you uncomfortable
- Exclusion from or stopping you from working with people or taking part in activities that relate to your work
- Playing mind games, ganging up on you, or other types of psychological harassment
- Intimidation (making you feel less important and undervalued)
- Giving you pointless tasks that have nothing to do with your job
- Giving you impossible jobs that can't be done in the given time or with the resources provided
- Deliberately changing your work hours or schedule to make it difficult for you
- Deliberately holding back information you need for getting your work done properly
Am I being bullied at work?
Sometimes it can be difficult to know if the behaviour you are experiencing is BAD. Getting a friend or colleague to objectively review the behaviour to determine if it meets the definition of workplace bullying can help provide reassurance.
In reviewing the behaviour, the following questions provide a good framework for consideration:
Is the behaviour being repeated?
- Repeated behaviour refers to the persistent nature of the behaviour and can involve a range of behaviours over time.
Is the behaviour unreasonable?
- Unreasonable behaviour means behaviour that a reasonable person, having considered the circumstances, would see as unreasonable including behaviour that is victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.
Is the behaviour creating a risk to your health and safety?
- Workplace bullying can be harmful to the person experiencing it and to those who witness it, although the effects will vary depending on individual characteristics as well as the situation
I am the subject of BAD behaviour; I have witnessed BAD behaviour
What can I do?
Recognise and take action against the effect the workplace BAD behaviour is having on your life. Taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do. Seek help if the effects are imposing on your health.
- Beyond Blue
- Bully Zero Australia Foundation
- Your GP
- Your Health Service’s Employee Assistance Program or G.P service.
- Talk to a friend or colleague about the behaviour and its effects on you.
- Keep accurate records of the behaviour, dates, times, people present, what was said or done.
- If you feel confident and safe, talk to the person responsible for the BAD behaviour, advising that the behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Seek advice from your Manager/Supervisor or Human Resources department.
The BAD behaviour is continuing; What else can I do?
If you are unable to resolve the BAD behaviour within your organisation, you can take the matter further:
- Fair Work Commission
- (Take the Fair Work Commission’s eligibility quiz to see if you qualify for assistance from the Commission)
- Victorian WorkSafe
For cases of discrimination: