The impact of bullying and harassment in the workplace results in poor morale, low productivity, high staff turnover, high absence rates, low confidence for the employee affected, poor working relationships as well as timely and costly investigations and potentially litigation.
CB & Associates provides effective training, mediation and investigative services in relation to the prevention of Bullying and Harassment at work. Call us on (+353) 1-623-5908.
Our services include:
- Training on Dignity in the Workplace
- Mediation by experienced, qualified mediators with a track record of success
- Investigations by highly trained investigators
Bullying and Harassment: What does the Law say?
Employers are obliged to have an anti bullying and harassment policy in their place of work for all employees to access and avail of.
Bullying and Harassment is governed under three pieces of legislation:
- The Industrial Relations Act 1990
- Health and Safety Act 2005
- Employment Equality Legislation 1998-2008
There is an onus on employers to assess and address any risks which are identified or allegations which are made.
The importance of having a bullying and harrassment policy ensures that there is an understanding of what bullying and harassment is and what can be done if a person feels that they are being bullied or harassed. Often, allegations of bullying and harassment are due to misunderstandings and communication breakdowns.
An Anti Bullying and Harassment policy clarifies to all staff that harassment or bullying of any kind will not be tolerated and provides a method of dealing with it, should it occur.
Where bullying or harassment exists it can have a harrowing impact on a workplace, and an employee’s personal and professional life. Therefore, it is important to address the matter adequately and promptly.
Bullying is a repeated and inappropriate behaviour by one or more persons in the form of verbal, physical or other conduct which undermines a person dignity.
Bullying can be done at the place of work, or on work related events, such as company funded social events or training days which are not on the work premises.
Bullying can relate to the way the people are communicated with, even if the message being communicated is reasonable.
There is no exhaustive list of bullying behaviour, however it may include:
- Excessive monitoring of work in an inappropriate manner
- Withholding information from another employee which is necessary for work to be completed
- Overruling another person’s authority inappropriately
- Intimidating behaviour
- Victimising a person
Harassment is any form of unwanted conduct which relates to any of the nine protected grounds of marital status, family status, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, member of the travelling community, gender, disability.
Harassment must have the purpose or effect of offending a person’s dignity. Therefore it does not matter if a person does not intend to harass another.
A person may be harassed by means of verbal abuse, such as by being shouted at, given unfair and excessive criticism, or it may take the form of non verbal abuse, such as gestures, looks, exclusion. In addition, harassment may be physical, in the form of circulating material such as letters or pictures.