Bullying and Harassment

Negative Micro Behaviours Are A Sign Of Frustration And Poor Communication Skills

In a previous article, I explained which behaviours may constitute a negative micro behaviour and how the display of such behaviours should be best managed and addressed. In this article, I would like to explore with you why a staff member may display negative micro behaviours at work. All actions, all behaviours, whether overt or covert, whether […]

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Negative Micro Behaviours What Are They And How Can They Be Addressed?

In an HRM article (September 2021), a consulting workplace psychologist identified 8 negative micro behaviours which lead to interpersonal tensions and conflict.

These behaviours were identified as:

Interrupting others
Negative body language
Irritable or arrogant demeanour
Complaining and gossiping about others…

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Why I Was In Conflict With You

Why I am in conflict with you… I am in conflict with you because I don’t trust you. I don’t trust you because you have done and said things that contradict what I think is acceptable. Behaviours (actions and comments) that I find acceptable are ones which: - Show me respect - Support my efforts - Align with my values - Do not make me feel uncomfortable or confronted - Are displayed consistently and in a transparent manner - Leave no room for me to second guess your intentions I am less likely to be in conflict with you if we share some aspects of commonality or relatedness. The more we share in common and the more times I have a positive interaction with you, the less chance there is for conflict.

Why I am in conflict with you…

I am in conflict with you because I don’t trust you.

I don’t trust you because you have done and said things that contradict what I think is acceptable.

Behaviours (actions and comments) that I find acceptable are ones which:

Show me respect
Support my efforts
Align with my values
Do not make me feel uncomfortable or confronted

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Mental Health In The Workplace With Georgie Harman

Mental Health Within the Workplace

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue about the actions that contribute to mentally healthy workplaces.  I recorded the discussion which you can listen to here and/or, take a look at some of the notes taken from the recording below. beyondblue provides access to information, tools, help lines and other […]

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Workplace Humour Can Lead To Workplace Conflict

workplace humour

There certainly is a need for humour and light hearted banter in the workplace to improve team morale and cohesiveness. Typically one employee stands out as the stand up comedian guaranteed to make the crowd chuckle. Over time, it becomes evident if everyone warms to this employee because they have a great sense of humour […]

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Addressing both hammer and needle incidents

Hammer and Needle representing metaphor for workplace bullying

Bullying consists of sledge hammers and needles. Chicago Tribune Columnist, Rex Huppke recently wrote about the impact of workplace bullying. He stated: “With workplace bullying, it’s not just the hammers, it’s the day-to-day needles that add up.  “When it comes to workplace bullying, we often focus on the hammers and not the needles.  “Hammers are […]

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Is ‘unfriending on Facebook’ a form of workplace bullying?

Unfriending on Facebook

It is important for HR Practitioners to be aware of the inquiry into Australian Workplace Relations as changes put forward by the Productivity Commission could lead to changes in the Independent Contractors Act 2006 and Fair Work Act 2009 (FWA).Even such actions as unfriending on Facebook may be considered a contributor to a culture of […]

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What Bullying is Not and Reasonable Management Action

What Bullying is Not and Reasonable Management Action

This post is contributed by Workplace Conflict Resolution’s Legal Commentator, Tiffany Healy I recently presented at The Future of Industrial Relations Conference in Sydney. Presenting on the topic of bullying in the workplace, I addressed what reasonable management action entails and also addressed what bullying is NOT in the workplace. It is clear that workplace bullying […]

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