Bullying at work has been defined by the Report of the Taskforce on Workplace Bullying 2001
“Workplace Bullying is repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work. An isolated incident of the behaviour described in this definition may be an affront to dignity at work but, as a once off incident, is not considered to be bullying.” (Recommended by the Report by the Task Force on the Prevention of Workplace Bullying published by the Stationery Office, March 2001)
Examples of behaviour that may constitute bullying are as follows:
The Health and Safety Authority in Ireland published a very useful Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the prevention and resolution of bullying at work.
Prevention is the best way to avoid the risk of bulling at work and an effective bullying prevention policy and a strong commitment to implementing it is certainly the best starting point and will assist employers in defending any claims.