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Workplace Stress & Bullying    .

Workplace Stress & Bullying

'Stress occurs when an individual perceives an imbalance between the demands placed on them and their ability to cope. It often occurs in situations characterised by low levels of control and support' (Professor Tom Cox University of Nottingham)

Forms of Workplace Stress

Top Professional Stressors:


  • Disrespect at the workplace
  • Lack of work-life balance
  • Overtime – (unrealistic workloads, lack of skills -knowledge, time management, etc.)
  • Inability to process constructive feedback from manager

    There is no legal definition of workplace bullying however, bullying involves negative behaviour being targeted at an individual or individuals repeatedly and persistently over time. The Workplace Bullying Institute definition is “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the gargets) by one or more perpetrators”. It is abusive conduct that is: Threatening, humiliating or intimidating causing work interference – sabotage – which prevents work from getting done.


    Forms of Workplace Bullying

  • Intimidating or physically abusing a person or threatening abuse
  • Spreading malicious rumours or gossip that is false
  • Excluding or isolating someone
  • Undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work
  • Removing areas of responsibility without cause or constantly changing work guidelines
  • Establishing impossible deadlines that will set up the individual to fail: assigning unreasonable duties or workload which are unfavourable to onE person (in a way that creates unnecessary pressure)
  • Withholding necessary information or purposefully giving wrong information
  • Making jokes that are ‘obviously offensive’
  • Giving you meaningless tasks or unpleasant jobs
  • Making belittling remarks making you look stupid in public
  • Undervaluing your contribution – not giving credit where it is due
  • Underwork – creating a feeling of uselessness
  • Unwarranted (or undeserved) punishment – blocking applications for training leave or promotion.
  • Tampering with one’s belongings or work equipment.





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