Bullying in the Workplace? – What to do

February 1, 2022

Pro-EAP Team

Bullying and harassment can happen online, by phone, or face-to-face. At the moment in the UK bullying is not against the law, while harassment is.

The UK government considers harassment when an unwanted behaviour refers to your age, sex, disability, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, or sexual orientation.

However, considering certain behaviours as bullying in the workplace may not be as a clear as harassment. While there are behaviours that for some are easy to consider as bullying, for others may not.

Most of the time bullying is not instantly recognised and may happen without anyone knowing besides the bully and the victim. This is one of the reasons why it’s good setting different practices to prevent harassment and bullying in the workplace.

Offering an Anti-Bullying and Harassment Workshop will help staff to identify, react, and prevent bullying.

Another practice that may be worth trying is to make a list of different behaviours that are seen as a form of bullying. You can see a list at the end of the article.


How can a Bullying and Harassment Workshop Help?

According to a recent study by YouGov, 29% of people are bullied at work, causing 36% of victims to quit their role, whilst 46% of victims said it affected their performance at work.

Make sure you can identify and prevent bullying from happening. The workplace should be a place where staff feel safe and comfortable to work. Bullying and Harassment should not be present or tolerated under any circumstances.

Our Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace Workshop will cover topics such as: identifying behaviours, dealing with bullying and harassment, reaching out, and support available.

A workshop will provide members of staff tools to identify and deal with cases where bullying and harassment are present. It will also empower them to take action when they see an unwanted behaviour. Our Workshop can also cover harassment from a legal perspective.

Depending on the needs of the organisation the workshop will have a reactive plan where a helpline to get guidance and support is available for staff.


List of behaviours are seeing as bullying

  • Spreading rumours about you
  • Putting you down in meetings
  • Your manager keeps giving you a heavier workload than everyone else
  • Posting humiliating, offensive, or threatening comments or photos on social media
  • Someone keeps excluding you without a reason
  • Misuse a position of power
  • Criticising an employee without justification or to prevent them from progressing their career
  • Doing things to make you feel or seem unskilled or unable to do your job

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