Bullying in the Workplace

BULLYING just doesn’t happen to students.  If we wouldn’t allow our kids to be bullied then why would we allow bullying to occur amongst each other?  Here are some things to think about.  I have highlighted some reminders for everyone.

Characteristics and Behaviors of Bullies:

1.      Constant Criticism or nit-picking

2.      Undermining treatment (longer lunches permissible for some, yet reprimands for others)

3.      Being isolated or excluded from activities.

4.      Belittled, degraded, ridiculed, subject to personal remarks.

5.      Sets unrealistic goals and deadlines that are unachievable or changed without notice.

6.      Silent treatment.

7.      Excessive monitoring, supervision, micro-management, etc.

8.      Treat of disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

9.      Bullies often avoid eye contact which is always an indicator of abusive relationships.

            There are 3 Types of Workplace Harassment?

1.      Physical: touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, hazing or other initiations – requirement of manual labor.

2.      Verbal: name calling or belittling – sexual or degrading words – off color jokes or comments – questions or comments about personal practices – cell phone ring tones – verbal abuse.

3.      Visual: obscene letters or invitations – inappropriate pictures, writing or objects – staring – unwanted notes or letters – inappropriate emails or internet usage.


In order to help create a bully-free workplace,

                   Remember the Union Code of Conduct:

*Do not criticize or gossip about your colleagues behind his/her back.  Questions and concerns should be directed to the individual.

*If a colleague is being criticized or gossiped about in my presence, I will confront the criticism or gossip and ask that it stop.

*Do not participate in any conversation with administration that criticize or negatively speculate about any union colleague.

*If you have an issue or disagreement with a colleague, try to work it out with the individual before complaining to administration.

J Merritt, Uniserv Director, Stockton

C Reichert, Uniserv Director, KTUU