What is inappropriate workplace behaviour?

The information below has been left for historical compliance reference purposes



On 31 March 2022, the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the health and safety elements of the Mines Safety and Inspection laws. For information visit www.demirs.wa.gov.au/whs

All health and safety notifications, forms and guidance for mining and petroleum has moved to the WorkSafe website

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.

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