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Dealing with bullying in your business

12 Sep 2018

Incidents of workplace bullying are at an all-time high and according to ACAS, the financial impact of bullying related absenteeism, from loss of turnover and productivity, equates to billions per year!

Bullying and harassment creates an unhappy and unproductive workplace with the result being that employers may have:

  • poor morale and employee relations;
  • a loss of respect for managers;
  • poor performance/lost productivity;
  • high absence levels; and
  • resignations and consequent employment tribunal cases.

Employers need to be proactive in dealing with bullying complaints to avoid losing good employees. Many employees who feel that they have no option but to resign due to the treatment that they have received go on to pursue constructive dismissal (forced resignation) claims and in some instances, costly discrimination claims. Forced resignations can however be avoided if an employer deals with bullying allegations swiftly and appropriately.

Many employers have in place anti-harassment and bullying procedures. However, putting these procedures into effect is not easy particularly when it seems that employees will not be able to work with one another going forward. Bullying complaints can also become more complicated if an employee alleges they are being discriminated against contrary to the Equality Act  2010  and for example, that they are being bullied due to a “protected characteristic” such as their sex, sexual orientation, age or race. The complainant or the alleged perpetrator may also go on long-term sick leave and claim that they have a “disability” due to workplace stress.

Sarah Furness

Our seminar

Hay & Kilner are to hold a seminar on Thursday 27 September 2018 at the Centre for Life and this seminar will:

  • by way of a work scenario and role play demonstrate how to investigate and conclude a bullying-related grievance where meetings can be difficult;
  • the work scenario will also require the HR Manager to deal with the alleged perpetrator who is absent on sick leave and claiming they are ‘disabled’.

Why attend?

This will be a practical, focused session with an emphasis on what you need to know as a busy HR executive or professional.

Breakfast and coffee will be available from 8.30am followed by the seminar and questions.

To reserve your free place at this seminar please contact Helen Ward on helen.ward@hay-kilner.co.uk, or call her on 0191 232 8345.

Further details are available here, where you can also book this event and add it to your calendar.