Could my behaviour be considered to be BAD?

After reading the background information you may feel that  sometimes  you exhibit or are responsible for BAD behaviour.  Although there are no excuses for such behaviour, it is possible to recognise this behaviour and develop strategies to prevent and manage it..  BAD behaviour is very common in medicine and often reflects behaviours that we have been exposed to in the past.

Reasons for changing or preventing BAD behaviour

BAD behaviour is very damaging and can lead to feelings of worthlessness, depression and anxiety.  Workers have committed  intentional self-harm because of their experiences of BAD behaviour.
Medical professionals accused of BAD behaviour  can become involved in a stressful and damaging legal process that can result in large personal fines and even jail sentences. (Worksafe)
BAD behaviour creates an unsafe workplace and potentially poor outcomes for patients.

What may be triggering my BAD behaviour?

Recognising the triggers for B.A.D behaviour is an important step in controlling and preventing it.
These triggers may include:

Personal triggers    Bullying logo

  • Increased stress
  • Burnout
  • Mental health issues
  • Low self-esteem (Einarsen, S.)
  • The relationship you have with colleagues
  • Are your responsibilities increasing?
  • Is there a team approach to management?
  • Do you have managerial / supervisory competence?

Organisational politics

  • Feeling dis-empowered
Behaviour Audit

It is helpful to reflect on situations and behaviours and decide if any response is required.  Often people exhibiting BAD behaviour wish to hide it from others, however addressing any problems early is likely to reduce the impact of the situation or behaviour.  If you are unsure of how your behaviour is received, or the impact it might have on others, it is useful to discuss the situation with a trusted friend or colleague.  Asking for honest feedback makes it more likely you will receive it.

Ask yourself the following questions and reflect on your responses

BAD check box   If someone were to direct similar behaviour towards me, how would I feel about them?
BAD check box   If an outsider were to witness my behaviour, would they consider it offensive, humiliating, intimidating, threatening or unfair?
BAD check box   Could my communication style, body language or tone of voice be considered offensive, humiliating, threatening or unfair?
BAD check box   Was there a precipitant to my behaviour? Was I feeling angry or humiliated or distressed prior to the behaviour?
BAD check box   Is my behaviour more frequent or prominent at certain times?
BAD check box   Have I excluded an employee or staff member from activities or information?
BAD check box   Are my expectations reasonable and appropriate for the skills and experience of team members?
BAD check box   Am I being overly critical or micro-managing a particular staff members performance?
BAD check box   Have I ever been accused of BAD behaviour in the past?
BAD check box   Would a conversation with or apology to others involved be appropriate?

(Adapted from Curtin University, "Bullying guidance for the person accused".)


Information and referrals for people responsible for BAD behaviour in the workplace.

If your triggers appear to be of a personal nature:

  • Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) - (03) 9495 6011 (can refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist after assessing your needs)
  • AMA Victoria - Peer Support Program - 1300 853 338 (8am - 10pm)
  • Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636 (24 Hour service)
  • Lifeline - 13 11 14 (24 hour service)
  • Your GP

People or organisations which may be of benefit in changing your BAD behaviours include:


Bully Zero Australia


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