ACAS has recently published its report on bullying in the workplace. The report reveals that workplace bullying is on the increase and many employees are afraid to speak out about the issue. The report found that:-
- Certain barriers were preventing people from making complaints including fears that something worse would happen if they spoke out.
- Ill treatment often continued to the point where some people dreaded going to work, with many taking leave to escape the workplace.
- Mangers alerted to bullying often just moved staff around rather than dealing with underlying behaviours.
ACAS found that bullying related absenteeism, turnover and loss productivity has a financial impact in the UK of around £317.65 billion a year. ACAS recommends that workplaces set out acceptable and unacceptable behaviours with senior managers acting as role models for these standards.
Bullying in the workplace is never acceptable. If you are a victim of bullying and need advice or if you are an employer having to deal with bullying in the workplace or require policies and procedures to be put into place to help avoid workplace bullying then please contact Jacqueline Penfold at Hart Reade on 01323 727321 for advice.