If a worker feels they’re being singled out for unfair treatment by a boss or colleague, they’re probably being bullied.  There’s no comprehensive list of bullying behaviours and no one type of person who’s likely to be a bully.  Bullying can be described as unfair, offensive, intimidating or insulting behaviour intended to undermine, humiliate or injure someone.

Examples of bullying behaviour include:
  • constantly criticising competent staff, removing responsibilities from them, or giving them trivial tasks.
  • shouting at staff
  • persistently picking on people in front of others or in private
  • blocking promotion
  • regularly and deliberately ignoring or excluding individuals from work activities
  • setting a person up to fail ny overloading them with work or setting impossible deadlines
  • consistently attacking a member of staff on their professional or personal standing 
  • regularly making jokes about the same person
Symptoms of bullying include:
  • anxiety
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • ulcers
  • sleeplessness
  • skin rashes
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • high blood pressure
  • tearfulness
  • loss of self-confidence