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What is the definition of workplace bullying?

Workplace Bullying is repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work. An isolated incident of the behaviour described in this definition may be an affront to dignity at work but, as a once off incident, is not considered to be bullying.”

The procedure to be followed includes various stages.

First of all the is the opportunity to deal with the matter by way of an informal procedure. If that does not work or is inappropriate then a more formal approach is taken. This involves a written complaint, right of reply, an investigation of the complaint followed by an outcome.

Confidentiality is paramount in all stages of the process.

  Code of practice for employers and employees on the prevention and resolution of bullying at work, Download here  


Your right to a safe place of work

Bullying in the workplace is a serious matter. The Industrial Relations Act 1990 raised the need for a code of practice detailing procedures for addressing Bullying in the workplace, which was eventually introduced in 2002.


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