Bullying and Harassment Policy : examples of bullying behaviour

This tool gives examples of bullying behaviours that are unacceptable in the workplace.

Examples of bullying behaviour

  • shouting or swearing at a colleague
  • persistent negative and inaccurate attacks on a colleague's personal or professional performance
  • criticising a colleague in front of others
  • spreading malicious rumours / making malicious allegations
  • threatening behaviour, both verbal and physical
  • body language and non-verbal communication which is inappropriate e.g. invading personal space
  • use of inappropriate tone, language and quantity of emails e.g. inappropriate use of capital letters
  • use of social media platforms as a method of enacting inappropriate behaviours (cyber-bullying / cyber-harassment)
  • behaviour perceived as sexually threatening or intimidating
  • persistently setting objectives with impossible deadlines or unachievable tasks
  • removing and replacing areas of responsibility with menial or trivial tasks and taking credit for work achieved
  • undervaluing a colleague's contribution, placing unreasonable demands on and / or over-monitoring a colleague’s performance
  • withholding information with the intent of deliberately affecting a colleague's performance
  • isolating staff
  • preventing staff accessing opportunities
  • inappropriate, unfair and / or inconsistent use of management policies or procedures

Any of the above behaviours can be by individuals or a group (mobbing), using verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic communications.


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