Workplace Bullying: Who is Responsible? What Can You Do?

If an act constitutes a behavior which is physically, mentally, or socially threatening, then it is workplace bullying. Sometimes, it even constitutes a crime. And since it was shown that workplace bullying affects productivity, it is someone’s responsibility to act against bullying. But whose responsibility is it?

Basically, it is everyone’s responsibility to stop bullying at work, including the employee, employer, and if necessary, the police. All people, whether at work or not, has the responsibility to prevent, or at least, stop bullying. Everyone should have the responsibility to ensure that they themselves would not cause threat or intimidation to others. Furthermore, it is the employers’ responsibility to stop adult bullying by providing a safe workplace where anyone is free from bullying and intimidation. Also, when you see someone being bullied at work, you also have the responsibility to stop such conduct.

When you or anyone else is experiencing being bullied in the workplace, one may consider checking your organization’s policy on bullying and harassment. You may also consider talking to people you trust, to the HR, to your employer, or to the bully himself. However, if the problem cannot be resolved by talking, one can now talk to the Fair Work Commission for proper action.

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