This week is Anti Bullying Week. Bullying anywhere is not acceptable. But how do employers develop and implement a policy that makes their position and the repercussions clear?
Employees have the right to feel safe and respected in their workplace, so employers need to send a clear message that any type of harassment will be dealt with seriously. To do this an effective bullying policy must be created and implemented. Below are the most important things to do when executing the policy.
If employers conclude that bullying has occurred, they will then need to assess the circumstances and decide on the appropriate disciplinary action, which could range from a verbal or written warning to dismissal in very severe cases.
Taking a hard line when it comes to bullying and treating all complaints consistently will instil confidence and morale – making for a more secure and enjoyable workplace for everyone. It’s also worth training managers in the identification of bullying and harassment so that problems can be dealt with quickly, in line with the fantastic policy that has been developed.