Workplace Bullying: What Support is Available



Bullying isn’t something that just takes place at school when you’re young. In fact, it be carried through to adulthood and the workplace, and it’s always good to know what support is available…

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Do you dread going to work because there is someone there that makes your day very unpleasant? Bullying and harassment do go on in the workplace, and if you’re a victim of this kind of abuse, it can have a significant impact on your personal life and health. Bullying in the workplace can take many forms including constant criticism, the spreading of rumours, and aggressive or threatening behaviour. If you’re being bullied at work, there are several things you can do. While it’s a subject that’s not talked about very often, it may help you to learn that support is available.

• Talk to Someone

You might be feeling isolated, vulnerable and alone, but it’s important you speak to someone about your situation. It will lessen your feelings of isolation and provide you with some support. There are many agencies that can provide support, but you should look to friends and family in the first case. There may also be other employees where you work in a similar situation, so it’s going to help if you talk through your issues with them. Agencies you can approach for support and information include SupportLine, Citizens Advice, Equality and Human Rights Commission and ACAS. There are also websites you can visit and books you can read.

• Seek Professional Advice

If the bullying is severe and it’s making your life unbearable, it might be time for you to talk to a solicitor. Bullying is unacceptable, whatever line of business you’re in and you may be entitled to claim compensation for the stress and heartache it’s causing. Visit if you want to know more about the help available.

• What to Do if You’re Being Bullied

As well as talking to someone and getting professional advice, there are several more things you can do to help the situation. In the first instance, you should try to solve your problem informally. Speak to the person you feel is bullying you if you feel safe and comfortable doing so. This is not always an option, however. In this case, you need to inform someone in either management, the HR department or your trade union representative. These people should be able to take the steps required to get the issue resolved.

Unfortunately, this might not be the answer, so the next step is to make an official complaint using the company’s grievance procedure. You should be able to find out more information in your employee handbook.

The final step, if you’re still not satisfied your complaint is being taken seriously, is to take legal action at an employment tribunal.

Bullying isn’t something that only takes place in the school playground. For thousands of adults, it can be a problem at work that causes them to dread going to work. Often, it feels like there’s no escape and can leave you feeling anxious and depressed. It’s also possible for it to affect your family life too. Bullying itself is not against the law, but if a colleague or manager is offensive or intimidating, it could be harassment. Harassment is illegal under the Equality Act 2010.

Have you ever experienced bullying in the workplace?

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