The National Bullying Helpline

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Workplace Bullying Advice
for Employees

Practical Help and Advice for employees dealing with bullying at work

Your employer has a ‘Duty of Care’ to provide a safe and stress-free place of work for all employees. Unfortunately workplace bullying and anti social behaviour resulting in stress is a fact of life for too many workers in the UK. Unlike their playground equivalents work place bullies and their supporters tend not to use physical abuse. Instead they resort to long term psychological intimidation which can be just as devastating for the person on the receiving end.


The National Bullying Helpline is committed to provide FREE practical advice and guidance, on a confidential basis, relating to any concern or dispute in the workplace. Our advisers are CIPD trained and have specialist skills in conflict resolution.

We can provide help and assistance for the following

Fortunately for those being bullied help is at hand, for one of the most distressing parts of being bullied is the feeling that no one seems to care and there is nowhere to go for help. We care!  We can help. Bullying in the workplace takes many forms and it is important to remember that each incident may seem unimportant in isolation but there is a cumulative effect which builds into a much more serious situation.

If you are Stressed or off Sick

If you're Facing a Disciplinary

You've been Suspended or Dismissed

You are being made Redundant

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Disciplinary, Suspension and Dismissals

If you're facing a disciplinary, it can be a worrying time. If you have recently been suspended or even dismissed and you believe your employer has not followed the correct procedure, you may be able to do something about it.

What to do if you are accused of being a bully. Download Guide

What to do if you are accused of being a bully

Over 80% of managers admit that bullying occurs within their organisation. Few admit to being responsible. Have you ever been accused of being a Bully? In an ideal world we would not need to deal with workplace bullying but unfortunately it happens.

This guide, What to do if you are accused of being a bully, will help you understand how to defuse a contentious situation. What measures you should take to protect yourself and it will explain what your statutory rights are. Anyone accused of being a bully will, naturally, be upset. If you are accused, it may be you are being subjected to a form of bullying yourself. You can protect yourself.

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Collusion or Exclusion

A lot of our callers say that they do not know whether the behaviour they are experiencing is bullying, or not. They know something is very wrong and it is causing them sleepless nights. Sometimes, the behaviour is linked to collusion or exclusion in the workplace. This is where the behaviour is linked to a group of individuals who are working together. Are a group of individuals isolating you or freezing you out? Do you feel intimidated or threatened by this group?


This behaviour is unacceptable and this group of individuals pose a threat to the organisation as a whole. You need to report this behaviour. An employer is vicariously liable for the unacceptable treatment of one or more persons, provided that treatment is linked.


You need to act quickly as the general ‘rule of thumb’ requires employees to do something about it within a three-month time-frame. We are unlikely to be able to help you if you are distressed due to something that happened two or three years ago. Only therapy or counselling is likely to help in that situation. (See our article on PTED).


If you have recently, quite suddenly, lost your job - with no satisfactory written explanation, you may have been subjected to an unlawful process or even wrongful dismissal.


Does any of this sound familiar? If it does, call us now. If you have been made Redundant and you do not believe your employer has treated you fairly, seek advice immediately. You only have a small time-frame of 3 months, so take action, today ! Have any of the above circumstances (disciplinary, suspension, dismissal, redundancy) occurred because, in your view, you raised concerns or submitted a formal complaint? Seek advice IMMEDIATELY

Do you have Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder (PTED)

Are you feeling helpless or distressed? Are you angry or frustrated? Has your doctor signed you off work with Work Related Stress, Anxiety or Depression recently or in the past? Is the cost of your depression, frustration and anger impacting on your home life and your general wellbeing? Do you feel unable to move on with your life as a result of something traumatic that happened to you at work?


There is a new disorder being diagnosed in the USA in relation to workplace harassment and bullying: It is called Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder.


With PTED the person suffering can no longer trust anyone around him/her and the trauma in essence consumes them with a profound “bitterness” making the victim incapable of moving on from the incident. We believe quite a few people are entrapped in their trauma and have been for years.


A lot of callers to our helpline say they feel helpless, angry, frustrated or unable to recover from something that happened in the past. We believe this feeling of helplessness and embitterment falls into the PTED category and below you will find an article that explains what PTED is.


Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder (PTED) is a disorder modelled after Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


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What is PTED - Post Traumatic Embitterment Disorder

PTED is a proposed disorder modeled after Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some psychiatrists are proposing this as a mental disorder because they believe there are people who have become so bitter they can barely function. PTED patients might not fit the formal criteria for PTSD and can be clinically distinguished from it, prompting the description of a new and separate disorder.


A German psychiatrist, Michael Linden, has done some ground-breaking research into this condition and describes its effect on people: “They feel the world has treated them unfairly. It’s one step more complex than anger. They’re angry plus helpless.” He says that people with the disorder are almost treatment resistant and that; These people usually don’t come to treatment, or do not respond well to treatment and/or mediation because they believe the world has to change, not them. This may be one reason (of many perhaps) why mediation is not always successful in conflict cases. He believes that 1% to 2% of people are affected at any given time, and explains that, although sufferers of the disorder tend to have a desire for vengeance, “…revenge is not a treatment.


We believe the statistics are far higher.


This behaviour is so common — and so deeply destructive – that some psychiatrists are urging it be more widely identified and acknowledged as a mental illness under the name post-traumatic embitterment disorder. Embittered people are typically good people who have worked hard at something important, such as a job, relationship or activity. When something unexpectedly awful happens — they don’t get the promotion, their spouse files for divorce or they fail to make the Olympic team — a profound sense of injustice overtakes them. Instead of dealing with the loss with the help of family and friends, they cannot let go of the feeling of being victimized. Almost immediately after the traumatic event, they become angry, pessimistic, aggressive, hopeless haters. This very severe emotional reaction can become ‘all consuming’ and negative. The degree of reaction varies.


The National Bullying Helpline try and provide FREE, confidential, unconditional, help and advice.

We will give you option and choice and we will not record your call. Whilst we do everything we can to help our callers, occasionally there are circumstances where we are unable to help due to limited resources and expertise. You may need to seek advice from a specialise expert.


It is our Policy not to get involved in a dispute you may be having with; • The Police • The Courts or Legal System • Your GP or the NHS • Local Authority. In those cases we recommend you seek advice from your local MP or a Solicitor.

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