UK winning fight to get rid of workplace bullies

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. UK winning fight to get rid of workplace bulliesOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The UK workplace is increasingly becoming a zero-tolerance zone for bullies,according to research by the Work Foundation. Its survey of nearly 300 HR professionals reveals that eight out of 10 organisationsnow have codes of conduct on bullying and harassment. A third of respondents report workers breaking the code would be sacked,while 6 per cent would respond with a written warning. Just under a third of those surveyed consider codes on bullying to be apriority for a well-run workplace. Angela Ishmael, head of dignity at work for The Work Foundation, said thefindings show that bullying is no longer tolerated by the vast majority ofemployers in the UK. “Not so long ago bullying was seen by many organisations as little morethan a challenging and forceful work style. It is good to see the tide isturning and that employers are more committed to creating work environmentswhere employees no longer need to fear work.” Ishmael believes companies that have codes of conduct in place reflect goodmanagement. “Such initiatives need backing from the top to make the UK workplace agenuinely bully-free zone ,” she said. “It needs supportive colleagues, managers who will help people to raisetheir concerns and a responsible work culture that tackles the causes andconsequences of bullying and harassment before individuals are victimised andjobs lost.” Elaine Clarke, head of personnel at Birmingham International Airport – highlightedas a best practice organisation by The Work Foundation – is in no doubt that aneffective anti-bullying and harassment policy is part of creating an efficientwork culture. “Communication is the key so that everybody in an organisationunderstands their responsibility under the policy. It also raises awareness anddemonstrates an organisation’s commitment to the policy,” she said. www.workfoundation.co.ukBy Ben Willmott last_img read more

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