[IO Psychology SIG] Workplace Bullying

Topic:  Workplace Bullying
Date: 20 September 2021 (Monday)
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Delivery: Live Online Session via Zoom
Free event for all, including non-members. Limited slots are available.
Zoom details will be emailed to successful registrants 2 days before the event.


Workplace bullying is a phenomenon that is common in the workplace but is not frequently openly discussed. This type of misbehaviour remains a topic that does not seem to be a priority for organizations, even though the impact of such misbehaviour has been found to have caused anxiety, negative affect and depressive symptoms in individuals, and to have contributed to reduced productivity and increased absenteeism in organizations. 

In this talk, we will discuss what constitutes workplace bullying, its prevalence and impact to both individuals and organizations. How do we define workplace bullying? Explore how culture can play a part in workplace bullying and what preventive measures can be taken to curb workplace bullying.


About the Speaker

Dr Austin Tay is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist, a Registered Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, and a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society. He is also a founding member of the European Mentoring Coaching Council, Asia Pacific Region, an Associate Member of both the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and a Professional Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resources Management. He is also a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Austin is the Founder and Principal Consultant of OmniPsi Consulting, where he has worked with various international clients in the delivery of leadership assessments, executive coaching, training, outplacement services and workplace intervention. He is an ACT practitioner and uses ACT in his work, especially in the area of workplace bullying as a coping strategy for bullied individuals; this was the focus of his PhD research with Birkbeck College, University of London.

He has contributed articles to both print and online media on issues related to psychometric assessments, talent retention and outplacement. He has a podcast (PsychChat) and blogs (draustintay.com) on topics related to problems at work such as workplace bullying, counterproductive work behaviour and psychological flexibility. 

He has spoken and presented on the subject of workplace bullying to organizations such as Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Attorneys, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, IAWBH and both the Hong Kong Psychological Society and the Singapore Psychological Society. He has also moderated a panel on LGBT+ Inclusion in the Workplace – Tackling Incivility and Discrimination for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Barclays Investment Bank (Hong Kong/Singapore).



  • 20/09/2021
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm