Within the UK, the notion of workplace bullying is tied up with that of harassment and the general duty of trust and confidence that exists between employer and employee.HarassmentFrom a legal perspective, harassment is 'any unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating a person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them'. This may arise via a course of conduct or a single incident of harassment.The harassment will be unlawful where related to a relevant protected characteristic including...
Workplace bullying can have a knock-effect on many areas of your life. Knowing who to speak to and who can give you advice that is much needed can be confusing. If you are facing workplace bullying and not sure where to turn to for advice, we can help signpost you to organisations that can offer practical advice and support.
Family Lives and Bullying UK has collaborated with HR experts The HR Dept to provide this guide on how employers and employees can tackle workplace bullying. The HR Dept provides outsourced HR support to small and medium sized businesses throughout the UK. For more information, please see their contact details below.It’s a busy, bustling office with lots of banter going on, but Anya is sat with her head down seeming quite isolated and focussed on her work when the boss walks in and says ‘less talk, more work please’ and wanders off again. He goes back to the office and says to his PA ‘if only they all got their heads down like Anya’. Sadly he was just...
Family Lives recognises that workplace bullying is undoubtedly going to impact on family life. It would be very hard for anyone not to bring troubles home from work, but the pressure that a situation at work can put on relationships can make family life extremely turbulent.Perhaps the victim doesn’t feel able to share what is going on at work because money is tight and they should feel thankful to have a job. There might be additional worries such as young children that take priority. They may not want to worry a partner, but if you are in a close relationship it is inevitable that the other partner will pick up on the change in personality.If the victim does eventually...
If you feel as though you are experiencing bullying in the workplace, this can be a very devastating and distressing issue. You may be feeling very low and anxious at the thought of going to work and facing the individual or group that may be subjecting you to this. Workplace bullying can take shape or form in many different ways. You may be questioning whether what you are going through is workplace bullying and a lot of this depends on if you actually are feeling bullied or harassed by a particular individual or a group of people. There are many instances of bullying behaviour in the workplace, such as the following:
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