Everyone has the right to not be bullied or harassed in their work place.
As per the Fair Work Act 2009 – SECT 789FD, in constitutionally-covered business bullying occurs in the workplace when:
Unreasonable behaviour includes victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.
It is important to note that whether a behaviour is unreasonable can depend on whether a reasonable person might see the behaviour as unreasonable in the circumstances.
In terms of what bullying can look like in the workplace, it can include someone or a group of people:
It’s important to know that not all behaviour that makes a worker feel upset or undervalued is workplace bullying.
In your workplace, management are allowed to take reasonable management action taken as they are responsible for monitoring the quality and timeliness of work and providing staff with feedback on their performance. If this is done in a reasonable way, it is not workplace bullying.
If performance issues need to be addressed, the conversation needs to be constructive and supportive, and focus on the positives as well as the negatives. It should not be humiliating or demeaning.
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