Last week was Anti Bullying Week, with the theme “stop and think - words can hurt”, a campaign Joy Arkley of the HR Dept West Wales echoes.
Creating a policy to combat bullying and harassment is great down on paper, however it is the example set by management and proactive actions of all staff which will determine the success of any policy, especially in regards to action against bullying and harassing behaviour.
There have been several cases in the past accompanied by hefty compensation payouts for victims of bullying and harassment where is it is clear there have been fundamental failures in regards to dealing with incorrect behaviour.
Bullying and harassment comes in many shapes and forms and is defined by the eye of the beholder. There is no exhaustive list stating ‘this is bullying or this is harassment’ but it comes down to not treating another human being with dignity and respect.
The ability of management to set an example but to also spot the signs of any incorrect behaviour in the workplace is crucial in order to deal with any issue promptly and professionally.
Delivery of your policy is fundamental and here is The HR Dept advice:
• Foster a culture of openness
• Zero tolerance on bullying - set this out from day one
• Treat everyone with dignity and respect - this is your brand and reputation
• Investigate thoroughly any allegation of wrong doing
• Be aware of the rise of social media and actions of bullying/harassment can take place outside the actual work environment
As an Employer are you aware of any bullying in the workplace? Do you did guidance in delivering the right policy? Let Joy Arkley help - call now on 639 128 Joy is expert in Preventing People Problems
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