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

Examples of behaviour — whether intentional or not — that may be workplace bullying if they are repeated, unreasonable and create a risk to WHS include:

  • abusive, insulting or offensive language or comments
  • unjustified criticism or complaints
  • deliberately excluding someone from workplace activities
  • withholding information that is vital for effective work performance
  • setting unreasonable timelines or constantly changing deadlines
  • spreading misinformation or malicious rumours

For more examples, see section 2 of our guide ‘How to prevent and respond to workplace bullying’ in the resources listing below.