What is bullying?
Repeated behaviour, by a person, including the person's employer or a co-worker or group of co-workers of the person that -
(a) is unwelcome and unsolicited; and
(b) the person considers to be offensive, intimidating, humiliating or threatening; and
(c) a reasonable person would consider to be offensive, humiliating, intimidating or threatening
Example of workplace bullying include:
- abusing a person loudly;
- repeated threats of dismissal / punishment;
- constant ridicule and being put down;
- leaving offensive messages;
- sabotaging another person's work
- excluding and isolating a person from activities;
- persistent and unjustified criticisms;
- humiliating a person through gestures, sarcasm, criticism and insults, often in front of management or other workers;
- spreading gossip or false, malicious rumours about a person with an intent to cause the person harm
Workplace harassment is not about reasonable management actions, taken in a reasonable way such as:
- performance management processes;
- a decision not to provide a promotion;
- disciplinary actions;
- allocated work in compliance with policies;
- business processes, eg restructuring.
Being disappointed about a decision or an outcome, or disagreeing with the outcome of decision making process does not constitute workplace harassment.