Bullying at work is more commonplace than many realise. It occurs when someone tries to intimidate another worker, often but not always in front of colleagues. It can come in many forms and can be obvious or more subtle. Bullying may be by one individual against another individual or may involve groups of people.
Whatever form workplace bullying may take, such actions serve to make the recipient feel demeaned or humiliated and the employer has a duty of care to ensure that the employee is protected. As well as causing anxiety, stress and even fear, bullying in the workplace can also cause a lack of motivation, increased absence from work or even could lead to the employee leaving as a consequence so it is in no-one’s interest for a culture of bullying to exist in the workplace.
It is also worth remembering that bullying may not always be verbal but can occur in email and other written communication.