Dealing with bullying
If you believe you have experienced workplace bullying at UoN or have witnessed this behaviour you can first consider these informal and proactive options.
Every situation is different. You can take action personally through the informal approach outlined below or follow internal procedures for formally reporting bullying.
Speaking directly with the person
If you feel confident to do so, you are encouraged to take immediate action and speak directly with the person who is causing you concern.
Remember, calling someone a bully is serious and it may be helpful to understand that focusing on behaviour, not the person, is often the key to early resolution.
Asking someone to stop behaviour that is unacceptable, hurtful or offensive provides an opportunity for the person causing concern to change or stop bullying behaviour immediately.
Ask yourself the outcome you are looking for. For example, are you seeking an apology and perhaps acknowledgment of how the actions have affected you? Or do you want agreement on future behaviour and practices?
Make a note containing the facts about the approach, the outcome and any follow up. Keep a record of events that includes the names of people involved, the situation i.e. what happened, dates and times, and – if possible – copies of any documents.
Seek advice about the conversation
You may wish to seek advice on this conversation with sections of the University that offer support in these areas. These include:
- Health and Safety representative
- Equity and Diversity staff
- Complaints Office staff
- your manager or a colleague, if appropriate
Staff may also access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a free and confidential service that provides counselling, advice and support.
Informal ways of dealing with bullying may include:
- asking someone else, such as a supervisor or University officer from any of the above areas, to approach the person on your behalf
- being involved in a mediation or facilitated face-to-face discussion to find an acceptable resolution
- seeking advice, support or counselling from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or undertaking personal development courses from Human Resource Services.