Conflict – Bullying

Workplace bullying is bad for business and may also breach employment and health and safety laws.

Behaviours associated with bullying are repeated, unreasonable and may be damaging to people’s health. Some examples of bullying behaviours are:

  • Spreading malicious rumours or insulting someone
  • Picking on someone or setting them up to fail
  • Overbearing supervision or overloading someone with work
  • Making threats about job security
  • Using abusive and humiliating language

Everyone in the workplace has obligations to prevent bullying and everyone can work on solutions to avoid escalating low key problems. However, severe cases, left unchecked, can result in a breach of obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act and the Employment Relations Act.

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