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Bullying at Work

By: Ross Wigham - Updated: 30 Sep 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Bully Workplace Bullying Stress

For most people bullying is something that should end when they leave the school playground, but sadly for a growing number of British workers it's something that will come to define their daily lives.

Workplace bullying is becoming such a big problem that the UK government has sponsored a major investigation into the issue, while almost 90% of companies now have a bullying policy in place. A host of research projects have identified bullying as a growing problem that has the potential to ruin workers careers, lives and wellbeing.

A study by the University of Manchester Institution of Science and Technology found that 47% of people had witnessed bullying at work, while one in ten claimed to have been bullied themselves.

In the past the issue may have been simply ignored or dismissed as trivial by employers but the extent of the problem and the seriousness of legal claims against bosses have really made companies take notice. To the victims, workplace bullying can be demoralising, humiliating and a source of daily misery but in the worst cases can even lead to depression and other stress-related illnesses.

What is Bullying?

Workplace bullying can be difficult to define but there are some common behaviours that are widely accepted as unacceptable and distressing to others. Research shows that there is no one type of culprit and that any member of staff including management have the potential to become a bully, however there is a fine line between Bullying and Strong management.

Examples of bullying can include:

  • Shouting or using unsuitable language towards others.
  • Constant unwarranted criticism.
  • Giving staff menial or trivial tasks as a way of humiliating them.
  • Deliberately blocking promotion.
  • Deliberately giving too much work to individuals in the hope they will fail.
  • Regularly excluding individuals.
  • Singling out individuals with constant jokes.
  • Repeated personal insults.
  • Physical or psychological intimidation.
  • Falsely claiming credit for other people's work.
  • Sending intimidating or hurtful emails or messages commonly known as Cyber Bullying.
This type of behaviour will normally be ongoing and persistent and if carried through to the ultimate conclusion victims can be left in constant fear of going to work.

The National Bullying Survey found that problems ran throughout the entire workforce - from company directors to line managers - and that the majority of victims suffered for more than a year.

Unfair criticism and intimidating behaviour are the most common types of bullying although the most serious cases can involve physical violence or the threat of it.

Bullying and the Law

The legal aspect to bullying is becoming increasingly important with regular employment tribunal cases and a host of stories in the media, highlighting the extend of the problem.

Although there is no specific law to deal with bullying all employers have a Duty of Care towards staff and their wellbeing. Bullying is also a central part of harassment and discrimination legislation.

Individuals can be prosecuted under the Public Order Act if there has been significant abuse or the threat of violence.

How to Deal with Bullying

Bullying will affect different people in different ways, but even low level problems have the potential to make the most resilient people unhappy and unproductive.

At the very least bullying can rob workers of their self confidence, lower self esteem, and will undoubtedly have an impact on their working day - perhaps even leading to time off work.

The only thing on a victims mind is getting the bullying to stop and there are several methods that can be used to achieve this:

  • Confront the bully directly. They may not realise their behaviour is having such a negative impact. The important thing is to identify the problems and get them out in the open.
  • Make a formal complaint. The majority of companies now have a process to deal with bullying complaints and there are also statutory grievance procedures that can be used.
  • Speak with a trade union. There maybe a recognized trade union official within the workforce who can help. If not national trade unions can provide advice and guidance on bullying.
  • Never face employers alone and get a union representative, friend or trusted colleague to come to meetings.
  • Keep a record of the bullying and its timeframe. Isolated incidents or arguments taken out of context can appear trivial unless they are part of an overall pattern.

Where to Go for Help

The following organisations have information related to bullying at work.

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I work as a visiting teacher in a college somewhere in the UK Two colleagues helped me during my divorce as I was in an abusive relationship and I had no other friends. Suddenly they starting holding grunges towards me after I attended meeting with a line manager. They are accusing me for not doing my job property and they have gaming up together.
Rina - 30-Sep-20 @ 10:27 PM
Hi. My daughter is a care assistant in a nursing home she's only beenworking there sinceNov 2019. She suffers with depression and anxiety along with other mental health issues. But I am proud she's trying keeping her head down. Howeverover these couple of months I found out that a guy from her work placeis going round spreading rumors making fun of her mental wellbeing ive told her to stand up for herself as it's the only way to stop him from what I can gather my daughter isn't the only staff member he tries to be little. Some staff just haven't gone back to work after filing a complaint about the same person my daughter is very shy and doesn't want to get into trouble for reporting him. Howevermy concern is her mental health. CAN I BE THE ONE TO REPORT HIMAS SHE ALREADY FEELS THE MANAGEMENT DON'T GIVE TOO HOOTS About staff and appartleythat's what happens in the workPlace. Not professional I know. But this guy needs to be put in hisplace
Tee - 7-Jul-20 @ 9:09 PM
Hi. My daughter is a care assistant in a nursing home she's only beenworking there sinceNov 2019. She suffers with depression and anxiety along with othe mental health issues. But I am proud she's trying keeping her head down. Howeverover these couple of months I found out that a guy from her work placeis going round spreading rumors making fun of her mental wellbeing ive told her to stand up for herself as it's the only way to stop him from what I can gather my daughter isn't the only staff member he tries to belittle. Some staff just haven't gone back to work after filing a complaint about the same person my daughter is very shy aqnd doesn't want to get into trouble for reporting him. Howevermy concern is her mental health. CAN I BE THE ONE TO REPORT HIMAS SHE ALREADY FEELS THE MANAGEMENT DON'T GIVE TOO HOOTS About staff and appartleythat's what happens in the workPlace. Not professional I know. But this guy needs to be put in hisplace
Tee - 7-Jul-20 @ 9:04 PM
The problem with bullying in HM Revenue & Customs is made worse by the cover ups. Bullying investigations are conducted by their own staff who have a lot to gain by writing a fiction which gets HMRC off the hook i.e completely corrupt. The way round this would be to make it a legal requirement for large employers to have external, impartial bullying investigators get to the truth. That would ensure justice for the victims and punishment for the bullies, and perhaps HMRC's corrupt culture would be cleaned up once and for all.
Bullying Survivor - 29-Jun-20 @ 9:12 AM
Bullying in the workplace is the worst kind of abuse anyone can be subjected to - it's tantamount to domestic abuse and it perpetrators should face the same similar sanction. The violent bullying culture in HMRC is nasty and ruinous. Victims of HMRC's bullying are then retraumatised by the indignity of the cover-ups when the issues are formally raised. If the government are serious about tackling workplace bullying, they should set an example by cleaning up this out of control government department which thinks it acceptable to subject some victims to years' of abuse. HMRC - shame on you!!!
Anon - 28-Jun-20 @ 4:58 PM
i worked at my company for 5 years , first 3 and a 3 years had no disaplinarys, i made one mistake while working on a fiber glass tank accepted the disaplinary, stayed on my record for 12 months , i was forced out of a department(plumbing) becouse i had a then work mate in a disaplinery for bullying(puting me down , saying i was this and that )he then became a teamleader , i was pushed on to cleaning which i didnt want to do fulltime, then the teamleader on stores said why dont you come on to warehouse. ok i accepted... roll on a year , my new teamleader has started the same thing putting me down in front of workmates , screaming swearing so the whole of the unit can har me , leaving me frustrated and angry and eventualy drinking more to cope , i reported him and he subsiquently got disaplined for it althought i was never told the outcome, again 6 months later i find myself up infront of hr and my manager for not doing a job properly, i said that i felt he was giving me stupid jobs to humiliate me and then critising me when all i wanted to do was improve and be a valualble member of staff, ok so last 2 weeks have been a nigtmare i now find myself jobless, due to a gross misconduct charge x2 one lifting a person on folks , i held my hand up and admitted it was a judgement of error , early that morning i had drove into unit c i normaly beep and just as i was approaching the horn zone , a colleague walked out infront of me , i drive slow and was able to sto while beeping my horn , my teamleader was happaning to be sitting at the outdoor smiking area and shouted you could of hurt him why didnt you beep your horn , now after this incedent i lifted the person on the folks, becouse i was so frustrated and not thinking . in my eyes the teamleader then added the incedent from c to lifting the person knowing that the management would deem this as gross misconduct x 2 thus getting me sacked and having his way .. i will make it clear that i was devastated to lose my job with a company ive spent five years with..i been having suicidel thoughts ever since the 11th of june .. my wife is kinda supportive if you can call . i never thought you would do that supoortive, i do belive that the person doing the disapline didnt like me also althought i cnat prove it ,
jimbobtwopence - 19-Jun-20 @ 12:38 AM
i worked at my company for 5 years , first 3 and a 3 years had no disaplinarys, i made one mistake while working on a fiber glass tank accepted the disaplinary, stayed on my record for 12 months , i was forced out of a department(plumbing) becouse i had a then work mate in a disaplinery for bullying(puting me down , saying i was this and that )he then became a teamleader , i was pushed on to cleaning which i didnt want to do fulltime, then the teamleader on stores said why dont you come on to warehouse. ok i accepted... roll on a year , my new teamleader has started the same thing putting me down in front of workmates , screaming swearing so the whole of the unit can har me , leaving me frustrated and angry and eventualy drinking more to cope , i reported him and he subsiquently got disaplined for it althought i was never told the outcome, again 6 months later i find myself up infront of hr and my manager for not doing a job properly, i said that i felt he was giving me stupid jobs to humiliate me and then critising me when all i wanted to do was improve and be a valualble member of staff, ok so last 2 weeks have been a nigtmare i now find myself jobless, due to a gross misconduct charge x2 one lifting a person on folks , i held my hand up and admitted it was a judgement of error , early that morning i had drove into unit c i normaly beep and just as i was approaching the horn zone , a colleague walked out infront of me , i drive slow and was able to sto while beeping my horn , my teamleader was happaning to be sitting at the outdoor smiking area and shouted you could of hurt him why didnt you beep your horn , now after this incedent i lifted the person on the folks, becouse i was so frustrated and not thinking . in my eyes the teamleader then added the incedent from c to lifting the person knowing that the management would deem this as gross misconduct x 2 thus getting me sacked and having his way .. i will make it clear that i was devastated to lose my job with a company ive spent five years with..i been having suicidel thoughts ever since the 11th of june .. my wife is kinda supportive if you can call . i never thought you would do that supoortive, i do belive that the person doing the disapline didnt like me also althought i cnat prove it ,
jimbobtwopence - 19-Jun-20 @ 12:30 AM
Hi there. I work at factory, I work on very busy line with all machines breaks down all nite long, I have manager he is not often on my line as he works on other building with his Father, his father is supervisor they are from Portugal his father speaks very poor English people who works there can not really communicate with him , on my line we making subway frozen dough, I work upstairs it is very hard job not for everyone it is complicated as machines are no good there is a lot running jumping picking frozen sticks by hands, Carry boxes they 15 kg let say it is hard very on the line usually are 2 people as thirt person swap other for breaks , so we have all this sticks coming from the blast goes to boxes and go on scale then go to lift and go downstairs to person who closing the boxes And then box goes to tape machine go through metal detector tu pallet guy , there is one person who making empty boxes and putting bags inside and go to the lift go up to me, the person who make those boxes it is my menager mother she doesn’t speak English at all part from nasty swearing, when she is not fast enough to make those boxes some one helping her a bit (;) ) from my work floor, basically she doesn’t make them as fast she should as she thinks we have nothing better to do just making them for her, I been doing this for 7 months But there was more and more breakdowns and I just could not make to helping her all the times, and well I had usually new person working with me every nite agency people who did know how to machine works and did not how to fix the problems , so I start sometimes asking her nicely can she come upstairs to make them as very often boxes machine is broke downstairs as she breaks it all the time , always I asked her I been told to f ,,, off shut up and many more nasty things and she was shouting in Portuguese to memy manager likes me back then very much as I am very hard working person and he was happy finally he found some fast on this position who was flighting over there I found out how to fix machines very fast , after 7 months running from my position to other agency person and making boxes for my menager mum I said enough, there is no very safe entry to get there I been all in bruises tired and feel bad the women was histeric and nasty as she thought is she is manager mother she don’t need to do nothing much , my menager told me he agree with him but this is not going to change he knows her she is same at home , so I told him ok no worries I can make those boxes every nite but tell your mum if she want share her job with me tell her to share wages with me as her job is the easiest there and we upstairs had to do 10 jobs in one go , don’t get me wrong I like my job but I did not want helping her no more as she is not nice person without respect to others there after I said that all my problems started, he started to telling me I am not allowed go for breaks when line is down and there never fine even I been on top of machine tri
I feel depressed - 10-Jun-20 @ 7:16 PM
Seeing HMRC's CEO Jim Harra on television recently, delighting in the publicity of doling out 'free' furlough money, I wonder whether he will be apologise for the HMRC staff bullying culture and instigate an investigation into bullying cover ups? When my partner was violently hounded out of HMRC, his suffering was made worse by a grubby cover up which was seemingly co-ordinated by Neil Barker of HR: this same 'man' also made veiled threats in a phone call, not least that stress would be made worse by taking HMRC to Tribunal. The HMRC dishonesty culminated in them making false statements in legal proceedings, contrary to basic principles of common law. In civilised society the only protection a worker has from their employer's misconduct is the rule of law - if a government department cannot abide by the law, what message does that send to other employers?
HMRC Survivor - 2-Jun-20 @ 3:20 PM
I am afraid there is a HUGE problem with HMRC bullying at work. My partner was forced out for daring to challenge the staff bullying culture and for trying to stop a campaign of bullying & harassment from his line manager. His manager even committed criminal acts (such as breaching the data protection act) but HMRC senior management allowed it to happen, despite irrefutable evidence of her gross misconduct. No wonder that HM Revenue & Customs is always in such a mess as an organisation. They hound out talent, try to push them over the edge for standing up for their rights (e.g. Employment Rights Act is widely disregared by HMRC) and attempt to condemn the victims to the scrap heap. Its good that sites like this provide a platform to raise these issues about the HMRC bullying culture and I hope that it provides some comfort to others experiencing bullying - in HMRC or elsewhere - that they are not alone. Meanwhile there are several staff members in HMRC who should be disciplined for their misconduct in allowing such nasty and dangerous bullying to be covered up: shame on them!!!
H - 23-Dec-19 @ 5:10 PM
Interesting that the bullying rate is still so high at HMRC, as per their Staff Survey results. This is a government department for goodness sake, which should be an example to other employers. When I worked at HMRC, the type of bullying I was subjected to was very similar to that in the recent television drama on ITV: 'Sticks & Stones'. Awful. Cruel. Inhumane. Cowardly. As it happens HMRC had nothing to worry about reputationally, as they had people without personal integrity working at HR CS Casework, Manchester, who went all out to cover it all up - adding another level of deceit to their conduct and a level of stress & despair which is impossible to articulate. HMRC bullying left me completely broken, but the HR people were 'just doing their jobs'...
Anon - 19-Dec-19 @ 11:30 AM
I suffered violent bullying and was forced out of long term career at HMRC Revenue & Customs aka HMRC. I learned through that process that they are a totally corrupt organisation. The way they relentlessly hounded me led to suicidal feelings. Good luck to people currently going through this. Always seek help from professionals.
Anon - 20-Nov-19 @ 8:15 PM
Yes I was to bullied in factory work i used to do. By a group of women much older then me the name calling the teasing finger pointing in my face shouting swearing being belittled by others for just over 18 months. I left the factory after I had a nervous breakdown I've not been at work since bullying of this kind stays with you even now 10 years on when I left the factory job I had I still suffer from panic attacks and anxiety
Lilian - 30-Oct-19 @ 3:38 AM
This is all very well but if you are part of an agency, there is little you can do but put up with it. I complained but the people I worked for ( not the agency) did nothing. I was then nearly hit with a fork lift truck (which was deliberate) When I complained, the agency told me there were no work for me and because I was a temp there were nothig I could do.
Buller - 23-Sep-19 @ 3:20 PM
Hi I'm a self employed carer..who has been falsely accused of bullying..by the clients daughter.. What it is ..my son applied for a rented house in a local village to me..her nephew applied for the same house. My son got the house as he agreed to pay the agreed rent..since this has happens I've been accused of bullying..we had a meeting to discuss the accusation..thus was in a public cafe. What I was shouted at..every time I tried to talk about the accusation the daughter told me to shut up..(her sister was there too) I feel so depressed.. in worthy ..as I know I've done nothing wrong.. it's a big part if my wages..what can I do?I had no choice but to resign..I was forced into it.. when I did this the daughter practically jumped off her chair and clapped! The client is very upset
Wugs - 25-Jun-19 @ 11:36 AM
I am an agency care worker in a care home . From time to time I am picked on by one particular so called senior and the deputy manager. I have been reported to my management for wearing leggings for one example , it isn’t the correct dress code but several permanent staff wear leggings all the time and this is overlooked. Some have acrylic nails , this is also overlooked . I have noticed recently that many other agency staff are wearing leggings , especially the larger ladies , none of these have ever been reported or complained about . I was told off by the deputy for carrying my cling film wrapped baked potato and bowl of cheese to the staff room without a tray . Nobody carries their own lunch on a tray , hut the residents lunches . I saw the deputy manager collect her lunch from the kitchen , carry it unwrapped into the residents dining room , put salt on it from the residents table and walk all the way to her office. I know all the staffand not one of them has been asked to carry their own food on a tray. I have to work it isn’t an option and the only other work I could do that I could get to would be supporting learning disabled , but that upsets me . I work extremely hard every week and am good at my job , and the way I’m treated is making me nervous . I try and avoid the aforementioned people like the plague , but it’s nigh impossible . I’m not good at standing up for myself .Both the people who pick on me are very close . One tittle tattling to the other . I tried to stand up for myself and fight my corner with the deputy but she told me that if I didn’t like it there, I didn’t have to come . One senior shouted so loud at meover eating a small price of chocolate from a huge box given as a presentby a residents family ., she reduced me to tears.She thought I’d opened the box after she’d taped it up because her favourite members of staff were on holiday and she was worried they wouldn’t get some on their return . It was actually a permanent member of staff who had done this , but I never got an apology I reported this to my manager and his words were. Well , it’s only chocolate . She was having a bad day and you got in the firing line and you got in the way !!!! No support whatsoever
Sensitive girl - 25-May-19 @ 9:33 PM
What happens when you are accused of bullying and you are innocent, Recently accused of it also thrown into the bag harassment,discrimination. I was forced to resign from a job before I was pushed. I 100% agree with accusations been investigated but some times no matter how innocent you are you will never prove yourself. As in my case evidence was not collected from a third party just from people who had spoken to each other and admitted so. This although I’m putting on a brave face is ruining my life I’m finding it hard to understand. I feel ashamed to have people see me in this way .
Confused - 14-Oct-18 @ 4:20 AM
I am about to hand my notice in - I've had nearly 8 yrs of a sarsatic bullying dentist who thinks its ok to belittle everyone and privately bully all his staff - he is so angry and causes so much stress - Healso has taken drugs and that has caused his mood swings - I am actually scared of him - Ihad time off over the last year due to a major health problem and he keptsaying it's not good enough that the business was suffering - but he's nice to the patients as he doesn't want to be sued - I have reached the point thatI can't cope anymore - I'm stressed and depressed and have started self harming- life has to be worth more that this
Rose - 11-Oct-18 @ 4:22 PM
I was bullied a few years ago..I was working in a clothes retail store and one manager was particularly cruel..she would purposely belittle me in front of others and give me jobs I hadn't trained for..she knew I wouldn't know how to do them and when I asked for guidance she would shout at me. I was in my late 30s and she was a lot younger. She made me feel awful. In the end I handed my notice in. I now have a job I love. But I still get upset about that experience.My friend thinks I should tell her how she made me feel ( she's all nice a polite now I'm a customer when I go into store) my friend thinks I need closure ...
Lil - 6-Oct-18 @ 1:11 PM
I was bullied for ten years by a manager.Ignored and made to feel incapable.for my birthday she surprised me by stealing my car keys and filling my car with cereal and placing dead fish on top of my engine.Leaving a note I dont get nasty I get even..I was treated so different from my colleagues it was embarrassing..I was made on one occasion to sit in the carpark as I'd arrived early to do work for stock check..I didn't want to be paid and other same level employees were allowed to stay..over 10 years I was abused and reported it but it just got worse..I felt so useless that I didn't think I was able to get another job..my life was saved with redundancy. I will never understand the reasons but I understand I was abused
Ally - 19-May-18 @ 12:56 AM
I’m currently being bullied by my team leader. He is disguising his bullying the supportive line manager umbrella. During my annual appraisal, he didn’t want to know about my achievements during the previous year or whether I had met my objectives. Instead he focused on knit picking and accusing me of doing the things he does to cover up his incompetence. I’m currently being subjected to daily meetings an hour before the end of my day to talk him through every job undertaken, how I performed it, etc. I have worked for my company for over 10 years with glowing appraisals. He was hired 3 months ago.
Heyyou - 17-Mar-18 @ 1:36 PM
I have been getting bullied by a work colleague it has been happening for nearly 2 years. The bully verbally abuses he has been abusing me and if i eat a banana for breakfast he will rant if i eat chocolate he will rant. He keeps trying to push me into having a fight with him getting in my face shouting and going red in the face. I want to keep my head down he rants your in a mood when i am just being quiet and working (I told him i just want to work and i am not in a mood).If i talk he just makes snide comments or keeps sniping at me. They was gossiping about a staff member behind his back. I said i didn't want to get involved so the guy kept ranting at me all day from 10am until 5pm. I reported it and the bully was called into a meeting then as soon as he came out he ranted at me then i reported again as he ranted and threatened to hit me so he was called in and again he ranted as soon as he got out. Then the following day first thing he started ranting at me again. The guy has pushed the manager and ranted at him and he has pushed HR ranting at him. But the guy never gets in trouble for it. Why should i talk to him if he just rants or verbally abuses me(I am being polite good morning etc and asking about work). He started ranting at me one time i just walked away then he was trying to intimidate me. As i started standing up to him he started intimidating behavior saying he beat up a rugby player last night saying when i am around to try intimidate me. I ended up quitting and getting a new job.
Riley1982 - 15-Mar-18 @ 9:50 PM
Hi I walked out of work yesterday after being told a number of malicious and false allegations had been put against me. I explained to my employer I would really struggle to continue my shift with the employee who had put forward the allegations and was very distressed I was told I had no choice . I again went to my manager and explained I was struggling with my tasks but no support was offered so I told my manager I was going home I wasn't asked to stay . I emailed my employer the following day explaining why I left and that I would be returning on my next shift . I got a response today from employer stating that it is a cooling off period and I am not able to come back until Monday . It doesn't state in email if I would be paid . So I will miss out on three days pay .i didn't resign but I'm assuming they have taken it that I have ?
Mel41 - 25-Jan-18 @ 10:07 PM
Niknak - Your Question:
I have put my notice in at work after bein with them for 2.5 years but with the same company for 16 years due to bein egnored and bullied at work I couldn’t stand any more so I walked away is it too late for me to join a Union I have applied for another job and this last manger gave me a bad reference which is so unfair I feel I have been slandered and my character has been affected can you help

Our Response:
If you feel you have been genuinely poorly treated, especially as you've been with the company so long and this has surfaced in the last two years or so, you could try a claim for constructive dismissal. Contact ACAS for more help on whether you have a case.
SafeWorkers - 24-Oct-17 @ 12:32 PM
Ven - Your Question:
I remember a school bully from my school day's that enjoyed taunting me and since leaving school I hadn't seen him around for decades. After working for a company that went bust I then took a local job to subsidise my income, I was told to meet with my line leader and with horror there he was the school Bully that was now my superviser. I reconsigned him immediately and back in school and he always gave me the creeps, he then realised who I was and said that he would be making a special report on me.i looked at him asking what's a special report he replied for people who refuse to take orders from me, I then jokingly said you haven't changed much since school which he looked at me and grinned and then walked off. From day one he was being awkward with me making me know that he was watching me, then one day I over heard him talking to another supervisor saying I was the one who was trouble in school, I couldn't believe he was trying to paint me as being a trouble maker which made me baffled, I was going to confront him but instead left it and over the next few months things started to get much worse.He then tried to stop my work colleagues from talking with me on lunch breaks and sent me out on my own on break times, this was to make make sure that I couldn't discuss things about what was going on, I felt excluded in most of the office meetings and he would ask each employee how they were getting on in there jobs but he would completely ignore me and he would talk over me.After several months of his bully treatment I decided to make a formal complaint about how he was treating me, I had logged down everything about his special report and how he made me feel excluded from my work colleagues. I then found out that he had been targeting other workers and they had also made complaints then by some stroke of luck he was demoted from his supervisor position that left him angry and humiliated - I remember thinking there was justice after all. Sometimes the best solution is to stand your ground with these awful bullies and take away their authority, I am now self-employed and much more happier working on my own without having any hassles.

Our Response:
Thanks for sharing this with us, it's great to know that bullies don't always get what they want.
SafeWorkers - 23-Oct-17 @ 3:46 PM
I have put my notice in at work after bein with them for 2.5 years but with the same company for 16 years due to bein egnored and bullied at work I couldn’t stand any more so I walked away is it too late for me to join a Union I have applied for another job and this last manger gave me a bad reference which is so unfair I feel I have been slandered and my character has been affected can you help
Niknak - 21-Oct-17 @ 11:09 PM
I remember a school bully from my school day's that enjoyed taunting me and since leaving school i hadn't seen him around for decades. After working for a company that went bust i then took a local job to subsidise my income, i was told to meet with my line leader and with horror there he was the school Bully that was now my superviser. I reconsigned him immediately and back in school and he always gave me the creeps, he then realised who i was and said that he would be making a special report on me...i looked at him asking what's a special report he replied for people who refuse to take orders from me, i then jokingly said you haven't changed much since school which he looked at me and grinned and then walked off. From day one he was being awkward with me making me know that he was watching me, then one day i over heard him talking to another supervisor saying i was the one who was trouble in school, i couldn't believe he was trying to paint me as being a trouble maker which made me baffled, I was going to confront him but instead left it and over the next few months things started to get much worse. He then tried to stop my work colleagues from talking with me on lunch breaks and sent me out on my own on break times, this was to make make sure that i couldn't discuss things about what was going on, i felt excluded in most of the office meetings and he would ask each employee how they were getting on in there jobs but he would completely ignore me and he would talk over me. After several months of his bully treatment i decided to make a formal complaint about how he was treating me, i had logged down everything about his special report and how he made me feel excluded from my work colleagues. I then found out that he had been targeting other workers and they had also made complaints then by some stroke of luck he was demoted from his supervisor position that left him angry and humiliated - i remember thinking there was justice after all. Sometimes the best solution is to stand your ground with these awful bullies and take away their authority, i am now self-employed and much more happier working on my own without having any hassles.
Ven - 20-Oct-17 @ 12:27 PM
NONNIE- Your Question:
I have walked out of my job after just over a year I lost 57 hours of annual leave in March when I brought the issue up I was told it was my own fault and that it would be different this year but when I said that I had already had annual leave declined they wasn't really that bothered about it the line manager had a week's holiday I helped out and stayed over till 3.30pm when my shift finishes at 12pm when my line manager came back on the Monday she snatched equipment out of my hand and embarrassed me in front of other staff members belittling me instead of taking me aside and saying that there was a problem with my work so I walked out rather than confronting her and saying or doing something I would regret I haven't been back since nobody contacted me for weeks and I have now had a letter from the company saying I am classed as AWOL and could be subject to disciplinary procedures I rang the company and nobody has contacted me back when they said they would where do I stand on this issue

Our Response:
Walking out is never really the appropriate way to address an issue with your employer. You should have dealt with it via your employer's grievance policy. If you have not been allowed to take your annual leave entitlement within the relevant period, you should seek legal advice.
SafeWorkers - 25-Jul-17 @ 12:38 PM
I have walked out of my job after just over a year i lost 57 hours of annual leave in March when i brought the issue up i was told it was my own fault and that it would be different this year but when I said that I had already had annual leave declined they wasn't really that bothered about it the line manager had a week's holiday i helped out and stayed over till 3.30pm when my shift finishes at 12pm when my line manager came back on the Monday she snatched equipment out of my hand and embarrassed me in front of other staff members belittling me instead of taking me aside and saying that there was a problem with my work so I walked out rather than confronting her and saying or doing something I would regret i haven't been back since nobody contacted me for weeks and i have now had a letter from the company saying i am classed as AWOL and could be subject to disciplinary procedures i rang the company and nobody has contacted me back when they said they would where do I stand on this issue
NONNIE - 18-Jul-17 @ 9:19 PM
Just resigned after having acid poured on my fork truck seat Reported to my line manager and he covered it because it was is son
Mac - 18-Apr-17 @ 12:55 PM
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