There are many types of bullying - from bosses unfairly dismissing employees via email to line managers making decisions without following proper procedure (according to the National Bullying Helpline, the latter is more common than you’d think).
While most people consider workplace bullying to be verbal, that’s not to say physical bullying is unheard of either.
“We have known about cases where physical assaults have taken place,” Christine Pratt, founder of The National Bullying Helpline, tells HuffPost UK.
“One factory foreman recently beat a member of his team up just because he feared that employee would ‘whistle-blow’ on his operational practices.”
To coincide with Anti-Bullying Week, beginning on 13 November, we spoke to experts about how to spot the signs of bullying and tips on taking action.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) defines workplace bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or humiliating behaviour, abuse of power or authority which attempts to undermine an individual or group of employees and which may cause them to suffer stress”.