Bullying at work
Bullying at work can be a debilitating experience for those affected by it and can become all consuming. If an employee is subject to bullying or harassment, they may begin to fear going into work, sometimes leading to the employee being absent from work due to sickness caused by the effects of the bullying. There is also often a feeling that the employee is imagining what is happening to them or they start to blame themselves in some way.
As bullying is often secretive in nature, the employee may not have evidence of what is happening to them. It is therefore a good idea to keep a diary of events of what is said and how this has made them feel, as the incidents occur. Typically bullying and harassment can include:
- Being criticised for trivial or unfair reasons.
- Being blocked from promotion unfairly
- Being excluded from work activities.
- Regularly being made the butt of jokes
- Being overloaded with work or set up to fail.
Harassment is bullying related to a particular characteristic, often as a result of your race, sex, religion or sexual orientation. In all cases bullying and harassment should not be tolerated by the employee or by the company.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, an employer has a duty to protect their employees and is therefore legally responsible for dealing in a timely and sensitive fashion with allegations relating to bullying or harassment issues in the workplace. If you are the victim of bullying and you feel that your employer is not dealing with it appropriately or taking it seriously or if you have been unable to return to work as a result of ongoing bullying we can help you. We have experience in dealing with difficult and sensitive workplace issues such as bullying and harassment and can help resolve situations before they escalate.