This week is Anti Bullying Week, with the theme “stop and think - words can hurt”, a campaign that the HR Dept 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.
|Being left out in the workplace can be a form of bullying|
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