Abuse of power or authority

The abuse and misuse of power or authority in the course of performing work can occur both with external stakeholders and internally among staff. The effects can be damaging to morale and to working relationships.

Abuse of power or authority can take various forms. Examples include:

  • Bullying or harassing behaviour
  • Requesting staff to do personal errands or favours
  • Pressuring staff to distort facts or break rules
  • Interfering with the ability of a colleague to work effectively (i.e. by impeding access to information or resources)
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