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Bullying in the workplace can create a risk to health and safety. It is a form of misconduct and must be dealt with.

Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

Repeated behaviour is persistent and can involve a range of actions over time.

Unreasonable behaviour are actions that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would see as unreasonable. It includes victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening a person. A single incident of unreasonable behaviour isn’t considered workplace bullying, but it could escalate and shouldn’t be ignored.

If there is bullying, or may be bullying in your workplace you cannot ignore it and must deal with it. If you are being bullied, you should report it to your employer.

You can find more information about bullying and:

  • options for reporting it if you feel you are being bullied
  • how to deal with bullying if you are a manager

on the WorkSafe New Zealand website. The Human Rights Commission website has a useful training kit focussing on bullying in the workplace.

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