Bullying is a hazard across a range of industries. It can take many forms and includes verbal and physical abuse, harassment and intimidation from managers, supervisors and/or co workers. Bullying is when these behaviours are repeated, or occur as a pattern.

Young people entering the workforce for the first time are more vulnerable to bullying. They may find they are:

  • being asked to do meaningless tasks unrelated to the job
  • being given tasks with impossible deadlines
  • having work rosters changed to deliberately inconvenience them
  • not provided with important work related information which makes the job harder than it should be.

These are all examples of bullying.

Bullying is often not reported and is much higher than the statistics about work related injury and illness show.

Check out the resources on bullying in the Resource centre to find out more about bullying at work.