Work Issues & Bullying

Stress in the workplace happens for a number of reasons – some

people suffer due to the volume of work put upon them by a manager or

supervisor, others experience bullying because of their gender, colour

or creed, and occasionally, individuals generate their own stress by

setting themselves targets which are beyond their capabilities.

Stress in the workplace is classified when symptoms begin to manifest.

Some of those symptoms could be as follows:

  • Stomach and abdominal pain

  • Butterflies in the stomach

  • Excessive nervousness

  • Nervous about going to work the night before

  • Racing or thumping heart beat

  • Sweaty palms or forehead

  • Sweating when not physically active

This list is not exhaustive and relates to the most typical reactions to

stress in the workplace. If you are experiencing any physical symptoms

going to your GP to out rule any other cause is advisable.

Psychological type symptoms:

  • Uncharacteristic irritability or frustration

  • A lack of concentration or memory

  • Erratic mood swings and emotional outbursts

  • A loss of your sense of humour

  • Eating more frequently than you normally would or eating less frequently

  • An inability to make decisions

  • Self-depreciation and talking about things negatively

  • Anxiety and depression

If you are experiencing some or most of these symptoms it is time to talk to

someone…talk to us.

What is Bullying?

Bullying in the workplace has been described in various ways.  The

Health and Safety Authority’s definition is that it is:

"repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal,

physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another

or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which

could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual‘s right to

dignity at work."

An isolated incident of the behaviour described in this definition may be

an affront to dignity at work but as a once off incident is not considered

to be bullying. Examples of situations of where bullying is considered:

  • Purposely undermining someone

  • Targeting someone for special negative treatment

  • Manipulation of an individual‘s reputation

  • Social exclusion or isolation

  • Intimidation

  • Aggressive or obscene language

  • Jokes that are obviously offensive to one individual by spoken word or email

  • Intrusion by pestering, spying and stalking

  • Unreasonable assignments to duties which are obviously unfavourable to one individual

  • Repeated requests with impossible deadline or impossible task

One or all of the situations listed above can have a devastating impact on

your psychological wellbeing.


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