Hi everyone, thank you for joining me on the Moral Traveller. Today I will be interviewing Professor Michelle Tuckey from the University of South Australia on the subject of workplace bullying.
This podcast is all about human rights, but also about our personal stories and I want to talk more than I usually would in advance of my interview, because I myself was a victim of bullying. It is a very personal and very challenging story of mine to share, but I think about Brodie Panlock, a 19-year-old woman who experienced bullying from the men that she worked with at a local café in Melbourne, who ultimately took her own life, and it is heartbreaking to know that there so many people who have suffered from bullying as I have.
Bullying behaviour in the workplace is not simply just openly obvious and irresponsible behaviour such as yelling, swearing and intimidation, but can include also psychological harassment such as excluding or isolating, being assigned with meaningless work or being completely overworked, undermining work performance among so much more. People who experience bullying in the workplace can develop stress, depression or anxiety, are prone to illness, sleeplessness and insomnia, and at its worst, suicidal behaviour.
It took me many years after the experience to recover, and I changed from job to job out of complete fear that I will be bullied again, pushing people that care about me away, and having incredibly low self-esteem in my work as well as my physical appearances. All my confidence was taken from me.
It started with him saying comments about me to other workers, and they disclosed to me nasty things that he was saying, which made me feel incredibly uncomfortable and isolated. Even directly to me, whenever I would talk he would cut me off, complain, roll his eyes, or sigh really loudly, constantly belittling and undermining me, and he was often aggressive about it where I actually felt like I had to stay silent.Continue reading “Podcast: Episode 4 ~ Workplace Bullying”