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