Workplace bullying

Bullying is widespread in the public sector, especially in health and education. There are a number of resources to help you recognise bullying and advice on how to go about putting a stop to it.

Workplace bullying is not OK.

Your employer has an obligation to manage your workplace so that is healthy and safe.

If you are being bullied at work:

  • Don’t accept the blame for other people’s behaviour.
  • It is important to seek support from colleagues and your PSA delegate.
  • Find out more about bullying and ways of dealing with it (see links below)..
  • Keep a written record of all incidents of bullying.
  • Ask for any complaints about your work to be put in writing.
  • If you choose to confront the bully, have someone with you. Don’t lose your temper.
  • If it doesn’t stop, make a formal complaint to to someone at a senior level.
  • Keep in touch with the union at all stages – your delegate, your PSA organiser or the PSA Organising Centre (0508 367 772).
  • Support other workers who are being bullied.

The WorkSafe Bullying Tookbox has useful resources for workplaces and individuals. Check it out on the WorkSafe Website.

The State Services Commission, with input from the PSA, has produced this guidance for employers about what to include in workplace policies on unwelcome behaviours. Read the guidance on unwelcome behaviours here (PDF).

The SSC has also provided this description of what is needed for positive workplace cultures Read the positive behaviours here (PDF).


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