Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at work. Bullying and harassment is unacceptable and constitutes a violation of human and legal rights that can lead to criminal prosecution and civil law claims. Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy working environment for their staff, and this is an implied term of every contract of employment.
Bullying and harassment undermines physical and mental health, frequently resulting in poor work performance. Possible consequences include:
- insomnia and inability to relax
- loss of confidence and self-doubt
- loss of appetite
- hypervigilance and excessive double-checking of all actions
- inability to switch off from work.
This guide is designed to help people experiencing bullying and harassment at work. It covers:
- What is bullying?
- Examples of bullying
- What is harassment?
- What to do next
- The legal position
- Mediation and counselling
- Employer responsibilities
- Best practice for employers
- Students: being bullied whilst on placement
- Cyber bullying
- Sickness and work-related stress
- Been accused of bullying and/or harassment?
- Witnessed bullying?
- Further information