What is inappropriate workplace behaviour?

How can behaviour affect workplace performance?

The behaviour of people in the workplace directly and indirectly affects:

  • the physical and mental health of workers (reactions of individuals will vary), including supervisors and managers
  • the safety of individuals and groups, and ultimately the safety culture of the operation
  • work productivity and costs
  • reputation of the organisation.

What is inappropriate behaviour?

While it is expected that everyone in the workplace will behave in a professional manner and treat each other with dignity and respect, it does not always happen.

Examples of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace include:

  • harassment - offensive, belittling or threatening behaviour that is unsolicited, and may be repeated
  • bullying - repeated abusive and offensive behaviour, which in some circumstances may involve inappropriate physical behaviour
  • aggression and violence.

These behaviours may be targeted at one person or a group.

Related information

Below is a collection of other resources and information that you may find useful.

Prevention and management of violence, aggression and bullying at work - code of practice - 246 Kb

Prevention and management of violence, aggression and bullying at work - code of practice: This code of practice provides guidance on meeting the requirements in the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.

WorkSafe has produced an information sheet to assist those who feel they have been treated unfairly, inappropriately or unreasonably in the workplace.