Bullying and harassment training courses allow individuals and organisations to create a work place where staff come to work without fear of being intimidated or harassed. It teaches individuals about their right to be treated with dignity and respect and their obligation to treat others with dignity and respect in the workplace.
Employees have a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for the welfare of employees, and they also have a duty to promote and maintain a safe workplace environment, free from bullying and harassment.
What is bullying?
- offensive, intimidating, malicious, or insulting behavior;
Abuse of authority that violates the dignity of an individual or a group of people;
- creating a hostile environment against an individual;
- the undermining, humiliation, or injury of an individual.
What is harassment?
Harassment is characterized as unwanted behaviour which has the intent or effect of violating the integrity of employees at work or of creating an intimidating, aggressive, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. A crucial factor in deciding whether abuse has occurred is whether the actions or comments are considered demeaning and unacceptable to the recipient. Although harassment is not listed as criminal under the Equality Act, harassment is illegal.
A few examples of bullying/harassment could include:
- making offensive or intimidating comments
Withholding information that prevents the job or task to be completed properly
- unreasonable or impossible deadlines or workloads;
- overbearing supervision
- Persistent unwarranted criticism
- blocking opportunities for career advancement or training
- making threats about job security
- Unwanted physical contact
- Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s age, appearance, gender, ethnicity or relationship status, personal remarks, derogatory terms, discord and slander.
- Isolation or non-cooperation and exclusion from social activities.
- Coercion for sexual favours
- The pressure to participate in political/religious groups
- Personal intrusion from pestering, spying, and stalking
- Persistent unwarranted criticism
- Personal insults
Some interesting statistics from a recent study involving bullying, harassment and sexual harassment at work include:
- 23% of the workforce in the UK has been bullied at work
- 25% have been made to feel left out in the workplace
- 12% admitted that they find it difficult to make friends in their place of work
- 52% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
- 32% of women have been subject to unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature.
- 28% of women have been subject to comments of a sexual nature about their bodies or clothes.
- Nearly one-quarter of women have experienced unwanted touching (such as a hand on the knee or lower back).
- A Fifth of women have experienced unwanted sexual advances
What will set you apart?
You will be better prepared to help the victim cope with their experiences, file (or help file) a harassment
report, and conduct office training by learning how to recognize and respond to bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Are bullying and harassment training courses for you?
Bullying & harassment courses will benefit all employees. These courses are for companies that want to help ensure that their workplace is a safe environment for all employees. It is appropriate for all employees who want to learn how to recognize and respond to offensive behaviors at work and to recognize their duty to maintain a secure and respectful position in their workplace.