Bullying at work is unwanted conduct affecting the dignity of men and women in the workplace. It’s offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine or humiliate someone.
It may be related to age, sex, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or any personal characteristic of the individual, and may be persistent or an isolated incident. The key is that the actions or comments are viewed as demeaning and unacceptable to the recipient.
Not all bullying is physical, bullying can take many forms and sometimes it’s difficult to prove you’re being bullied, harassed or treated unfairly at work. Bullying often occurs when no one is around to witnesses it. Bullying may be ingrained into the work culture and therefore not viewed as bullying amongst your colleagues or management. When bullying has been consistent and subtle over a sustained period of time, you might start to doubt your own sanity or convince yourself that it’s OK.
If you feel you are being singled out for unfair treatment by a boss or colleague or a situation at work is making you feel uncomfortable, you probably are being bullied. This can lead to concern for the security of your job or bring a backlash from management should you say anything.
For the business owner or employer, bullying in most cases is not illegal but it is morally wrong and can have a massive impact on your profitability. Bullying will affect staff morale which can result in poor performance or reduce productivity throughout the organization. It increases staff absence and turnover. Your business’s reputation may also suffer due to negative gossip and there is a risk of compensation should a situation end up at an Employment Tribunal.
If you believe you are being bullied or you are an employer looking for advice about how to tackle the bullying amongst your staff, we will try to help.
Bullying at work can cover a vast range of topics including Bullying, Harassment, Stress and Constructive dismissal to mention a few. Here you will find some of the topics covered related to bullying at work with useful information and helpful advice for both employer and employee.
If you believe you are being bullied or harassed at work by a colleague or management, we can help. You may have been Suspended, Dismissed or Disciplined or left feeling you have been treated unfairly. Click here to find ideas, solutions and strategies to ease your work-related stress and help you though the situation. Hopefully this will lead to a solution to your problem.
We specialise in all areas of employment law related to Bullying in the workplace and conflict resolution. From dealing with difficult staff to Independent workplace investigations we can help. If you are a Supervisor, team leader, line manager or Director and you have responsibility for managing staff, you will find guidelines, tips, recommendations and solutions here.
The National Bullying Helpline have specialist knowledge in Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Facilitation and employment law. We can advise on the best course of action if you have a legal concern related to bullying. Our advisers are all qualified leaders in HR and Employment Law and we insist that they are all CIPD qualified
The National Bullying Helpline speaks out regularly, publicly, about the disturbingly high level of NHS employee calls to the helpline. When it comes to remedying an in-house employee grievance, the NHS is notoriously slow to take relevant, timely, action. Call us today if you are experiencing bullying within the NHS.
We have put together some quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about bullying at work. For more information on any of the following questions, please call us.
Harassment, in general terms, is unwanted conduct affecting the dignity of men and women in the workplace. It may be related to age, sex, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, nationality or any personal characteristic of the individual, and may be persistent or an isolated incident. The key is that the actions or comments are viewed as demeaning and unacceptable to the recipient.' 'Bullying may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.
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