Intimidating behaviour in the workplace

Banter could be defined as good natured teasing, joking or repartee that doesn’t offend anyone.

Harassment is unwanted, distressful and hurtful words or behaviour.

It is unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating an employee’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

It is important to remember that harassment includes conduct that may not be intentional but nevertheless has the effect of harassing an individual.

If you wouldn’t be happy to copy in the head of HR and the head of IT, then don’t click send.

Here’s a good rule of thumb – imagine your comment being read out in a barrister’s withering tones in front of a scowling judge.

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.

We have special rules about use of IT systems, plus there will be a paper trail showing exactly what you sent.Unreasonable behaviour means behaviour that a reasonable person, having considered the circumstances, would see as unreasonable, including behaviour that is: Single incidents of unreasonable behaviour shouldn’t be ignored as they may be repeated or escalate.If you are experiencing or witnessing any behaviour that involves violence (e.g.We all have the right to work in an environment free from harassment and bullying, and to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.Harassment and bullying cannot be tolerated as they undermine confidence, can affect mental and physical health, erodes morale and can damage team cohesion, productivity and effectiveness.

Intimidating behaviour in the workplace