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Workplace Bullying

There is an epidemic of workplace bullying especially in large organisations and this is due to the rise in dark narcissism. This phenomena is creating cultures of fear within work environments. Corporate naricissists, sociopaths and psychopaths prey on individuals’ fears of losing their jobs. This is particularly important because of the current employment climate typified by chronic cost cutting. This has created chronic insecurity in the work place which is the leverage workplace bully uses to create misery.
Dr Matt has dealt with many cases of workplace bullying and provide the support you require.

How To Identify Workplace Bullying (And What To Do If You’re A Victim)

Workplace bullying is sadly an all-too-common issue for many working Australians. According to Safe Work Australia, 37% of workers report being sworn or yelled at in the workplace, and 39% of workers have filed mental disorder claims resulting from exposure to violence, bullying, and harassment in the workplace.

Nobody deserves to be mistreated in an environment where they should feel safe and secure. By addressing the problem and taking the appropriate steps, victims of workplace bullying can put a stop to the abuse.

But first, let’s define what workplace bullying is.

First of all, workplace bullying is illegal in Australia. According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, workplace bullying behaviours include “verbal, physical, social or psychological abuse by your employer (or manager), another person or group of people at work.” Yes, workplace bullying can come from not only your colleagues, but also your boss or supervisor.

Signs Of Workplace Bullying

What constitutes workplace bullying? It could include (but is not limited to):

  • Repeated cruel attacks or remarks about your work or your character traits (your personal relationships, sex, gender identity, economic or educational background, culture, or race)
  • Isolating you from other people at work or obstructing you from taking part in work-related activities.
  • Waging psychological warfare against you by manipulating you to do things that have nothing to do with your work, playing mind games against you, or making you feel unimportant and worthless
  • Group “mobbing” — the Parliament of Australia defines mobbing as an act of “emotional assault” in which “one individual gathers others to participate in continuous, malevolent actions to harm, control or force another person out of the workplace”.
  • Intentionally changing your work schedule to make things hard for you or assigning you impossible tasks that can’t be done with the given time and resources
  • Intentionally keeping vital work information from you
  • Physical abuse like shoving, pushing, or other harmful physical contact
  • Threatening you with weapons or other dangerous objects
  • Asking you to perform humiliating or inappropriate initiation rites to be accepted in a team

The Effects Of Workplace Bullying

Victims of workplace bullying often experience a host of negative effects on their physical and mental health. These include:

  • Affected productivity and reduced confidence in one’s work
  • Life outside of work (study, relationships) also being affected
  • Feeling anxious, depressed, scared, or stressed
  • Physical manifestations of stress such as backaches, sleep issues, or headaches
  • If severe enough, workplace bullying can also cause PTSD

What Workplace Bullying Is Not

Some work practices may seem unfair but are not considered bullying. For example, your boss has the right to discipline, demote, transfer, counsel, or sack you, as long as these actions are professional and reasonable. Appropriate performance management procedures, while sometimes hard to swallow, also do not constitute bullying. And while just as serious, sexual harassment and discrimination are issues handled separately from workplace bullying.

How To Stop Workplace Bullying

Here’s what to do if you find yourself a victim of workplace bullying:

  1. A good first step is to check your company’s bullying policy and complaints procedure.
  2. Keep pen and paper on hand to document bullying incidents. Write down specific details including the time/date/location, what happened, how you tried to stop the bully, and the names of the bully and anybody who witnessed the incident. This will help you later on when you file a formal complaint.
  3. Let off some steam by talking about the incident to someone you can trust. It can be your partner, a close friend, a co-worker, or a union representative. You don’t have to face this alone.
  4. Take this next step only if you are confident enough and feel physically secure. Approach the bully and tell them, politely yet firmly, that their behaviour is undesired, unacceptable, you are not OK with it, and it has to STOP.
  5. If you can’t take the above step, or if you have but the bullying persists, this is the time to make a formal complaint to your supervisor, an HR manager, or a Health and Safety representative. Follow the company’s complaints procedure and tell them everything about the incident. This is when your written accounts will come in handy.

Once the complaint has been made, the company will take the appropriate action to resolve the situation. The company can either give the bully a warning, require the bully to have counselling, try mediation, or fire the bully as a last resort.

If the bully is making violent threats against your life, it can be considered a criminal offence. In these cases, it would be best to call the police immediately.

Aftermath And Managing The Trauma

After such an ordeal, the best thing to do is to focus your energy back on yourself. Take a few off days, and at the soonest opportunity, schedule an appointment at a trauma institute for professional help. Being mindful of your psychological wellbeing at this time is crucial, as workplace bullying can put people in a vulnerable state of mind where it’s easy to fall victim to psychological distress like anxiety disorders, depression, and even PTSD.

Always remember that bullying is never acceptable, and if you ever find yourself a victim of narcissistic and psychopathic behaviours in the workplace, you shouldn’t be ashamed to come forward and ask for help. Dr. Matt has experience handling many cases of workplace bullying and will work with you to provide you the support you need to move forward with your life.

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Meet Dr Matt Worthington

DPsych (Clinical), MSc (Psych) (with Commendation), BA(Hons) Bus. Executive Coaching Programme (Distance) Cambridge University
Level 1, 2 and 3 of Gottman Couples Training.
9 Months Training (online) with Boston Trauma Centre Massachusetts

Dr Matt has a flexible, down to earth, warm, easy going, value-based and compassionate approach to best accommodate his clients. He often says “being a psychologist is just about being human”. He strongly believes that the therapist’s personality, ability to build rapport and relate to a client’s world-view are of utmost importance in therapy. He is effective at quickly getting to the root of his clients’ worries and drawing on a range of evidence-based interventions to assist his clients to cope with their issues. Dr Matt can help you with Court Report WritingLife Coaching and Motivation Issues, Relationship and Marriage Issues, Academic and Self-worth Issues, as well as Workplace and Bullying problems.

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