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Bullying and Harassment

Bullying, intimidation and harassment is on the increase within the workplace and it can be a manager bullying a member of staff, peer to peer, and upwards bullying where an employee is bullying a manager. It can be overt or covert.

Examples of covert bullying is taking the credit for the other person’s work, but never the blame when things go wrong, personal insults, freezing out and spreading malicious rumours. Overt bullying examples are shouting, swearing, humiliating, threats and openly aggressive.

Nearly a third of people have been bullied at work, according to a new study. In the majority of cases the harassment is carried out by a manager, and women are more likely to be abused than men. The study of 1,738 adults – carried out by YouGov for the Trades Union Congress (TUC) – revealed that bullying is most common for those aged between 40 and 59, where 34 per cent of people are affected. More than one in three (36 per cent) who report being bullied at work leave their job because of it.

“Bullying may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient. Bullying or harassment may be by an individual against an individual (perhaps by someone in a position of authority such as a manager or supervisor) or involve groups of people. It may be obvious or it may be insidious. Whatever form it takes, it is unwarranted and unwelcome to the individual”. (ACAS)

How can we help?

We can help with investigations, training for managers and all employees. This can be a short session on Dignity at Work or a full day session.

We can also provide support in Dignity at Work policy development and training.

For further information on how YSM Solutions can support your organisation with bullying and harassment, call on  0141 354 1431. 


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