It’s anti-bullying week! 5 ways to avoid workplace bullying and harassment

13 November

 

Bullying or harassment in the workplace is offensive behaviour related to one of the following: age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation and is therefore unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

Not only is it unlawful, bullying or harassment can be a serious issue in the workplace, causing employees or employers to feel uncomfortable or unhappy and in more serious cases cause them to leave their jobs. It is important that employers look out for their staff for any signs of bullying or harassment and ensure that the right procedures and policies are in place to prevent any situations that could occur.

 

5 ways to avoid bullying and harassment in your workplace:

 

1. Develop and publicise a formal bullying and harassment policy

2. Set a good example: the behaviour of senior managers is as important as any formal policy

3. Explain the consequences of bullying within the organisation

4. Encourage staff to attend diversity training

5. Maintain fair procedures for dealing promptly with complaints from employees

 

If you would like more information on this or a related topic, please contact the Employment and HR team.

 

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