Workplace bullying and harassment can have a drastic effect on an individual’s life. As the Australian population is growing, so too is our workforce. In addition, Australians are spending increasing amounts of time at work.
As work encompasses a large portion of an individual’s day-to-day life, it has never been more important to create a workplace environment that is both enjoyable and efficient. However, workplace bullying and harassment are significant issues that can affect anyone at any time. It is therefore important to seek legal advice if you feel as though you are being bullied or harassed in your workplace.
Workplace Bullying Issues
Workplace bullying and harassment can cause significant immediate issues for an individual in their respective workplaces. These issues may include:
- Reduced performance and engagement at work;
- Erosion of self-esteem and confidence; and
- Feelings of loneliness and isolation in the workplace.
Further Consequences of Bullying
However, workplace bullying and harassment is often frequent and persistent. It may be the case that workplace bullying and harassment will lead to serious and long term issues for an individual and their friends and families. These serious issues may include but are not limited to:
- Stress related mental illness such as depression and anxiety;
- Stress related chronic physical illnesses such as nausea and headaches; and
- Suicidal behaviour and serious depressive and psychological disorders.
Many victims of workplace bullying and harassment do not realise there are often legal avenues available to them. These avenues also include compensation in certain circumstances. At Etheringtons Solicitors we have an experienced team of workplace and compensation lawyers who can help you with your matter. Get in touch to see how we can help you.