We spend most of our time at work, which is why all employees deserve to feel comfortable and at ease in the workplace.

Everyone should be free to excel in their work environment, so it should always remain a supportive place for employees to pursue their goals.

As its Anti-Bullying Week 2021, we thought it was important to address matters of bullying and harassment in the workplace and how employers can identify the early signs.

There is often a perception that bullying is something that happens to a child in school.

However, bullying is a problem across all ages and environments and is a lot more common in the workplace than you’d think.

What are examples of bullying and harassment at work?

Examples of workplace bullying, and harassment can include:

  • Someone spreading a false rumour about an employee
  • Someone putting another person down in meetings
  • A manager not letting someone go on training courses but allowing everyone else to
  • A manager giving someone a heavier workload than everyone else
  • The team never letting someone join social events
  • Someone being sworn at or humiliated in private or public
  • Someone being threatened about job security
  • Someone receiving inappropriate or derogatory comments.

These are just some of the common examples of bullying, however, it can happen in other situations.

Bullying and harassment can happen:

  • In the office: face-to-face
  • By email
  • By phone
  • By video call.

Bullying might also be a regular pattern of behaviour or a one-off incident. It may not be noticed by other members of staff, so it is important that employers try to spot signs of bullying or harassment early and squash them.

So, when looking at your workforce, you ought to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Has a change in management/work style positively impacted members of staff?
  • Is there a set of standards of behaviour that you can refer your employees to?
  • Can your employees discuss their worries with their managers openly?
  • Can employee workloads or ways of working be adapted to make things easier for them?
  • And most importantly, is everyone treated equally?

If the answer to any of the above questions was no, it is more likely that bullying could occur in your workplace, and this could happen without you even spotting it.

To stamp out early signs of bullying, employees need to feel comfortable discussing changes or feelings at the workplace.

To help you with this, we can manage and conduct independent, impartial investigations into disciplinary, grievance and bullying & harassment matters.

Sound good? Let’s have a chat.