Uncovering patterns in workplace bullying behaviour

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Investigation Key Statistics: Edition 4

iHR Australia’s Director of Workplace Relations, John Boardman, said that a quick look at these statistics may lead you to think there is no merit in the majority of bullying complaints, but this is incorrect.

“Our statistics also indicate that 53% of all bullying allegations are partially substantiated.

“One or two incidents of inappropriate behaviour may be quite traumatising, but this does not necessarily establish a ‘pattern’ of persistent behaviour. So, while the complainant may feel bullied, the behaviour may fall short of the required definition for bullying behaviour.

Bullying has to be 3 incidents, repeated. 

The absence of a ‘Pattern of Unreasonable Behaviour’ does not mean there has not been any inappropriate behaviour that may have a significant adverse effect on the health and well-being of complainant.

“A lack of understanding and proper training often leads complainants to misrepresent the nature and description of the workplace conflict they are experiencing.”

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Definition of Workplace Bullying – Workplace bullying is a persistent pattern of mistreatment from others in the workplace that causes either physical or emotional harm. It can include such tactics as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, and physical abuse, as well as humiliation.