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The UK government defines bullying and harassment , on their governmental site, as the behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended.
Despite of the later efforts of governments and organisations for exposing the problem to try to avoid it, the Workplace bullying institute mentioned on their later report of 2017 that 19% of North Americans are bullied in the workplace and another 19% witness it. Which is more impressive, 61% ,as per their report, are aware of abusive conduct in the workplace.
As the need for awareness and skills to prevent and solve it grows, more suppliers are providing tools to companies who want to act regarding bullying in the workplace.
The e-learning supplier, Engage in Learning, has recently launched a new course focusing on identifying, and then taking steps to prevent, bullying and harassment in the workplace.
“Bullying and harassment can have an extremely serious impact on the individual involved. Moreover, it can spread and create a toxic working environment – leading to low performance and productivity; high degrees of worker illness and absence; poor workplace relations; increased labour turnover, and so on.”
Chris Horseman, Engage in Learning’s Managing Director
Bullying and harassment are key issues in today’s workplace. Horseman revealed that, according to a recent Trades Union Congress (TUC) survey in the UK, 36% of those surveyed said that they had left jobs because of bullying; 22% had had to take time off work as a result of being bullied; 46% said that bullying had reduced their work performance, and the same percentage of respondents believe that bullying has affected their mental health.
The Engage in Learning programme aims to help people learn how to deal with specific incidents of bullying and harassment as well as outline the steps they can take to maintain a positive culture and workplace. The programme contains sections covering:
– Facts about bullying and harassment,
– Preventing bullying and harassment,
– Resolving an incident,
– Sexual harassment and
“While bullying doesn’t have a legal definition, there’s general agreement that it’s a pattern of offensive behaviours usually involving the misuse of power which can humiliate, upset and/or intimidate the recipient.
“In contrast, harassment is a form of discrimination that’s defined in law in the Equality Act. Like bullying, it’s also behaviour which humiliates, upsets and/or intimidates but this will relate to ‘protected characteristics’ in the UK – which include age, disability, race and sex”
“We believe that these e-learning materials will make a valuable contribution in helping to identify and then prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace. The consequent improvements in productivity, morale and labour turnover should more than repay the cost of the course”
Kate Carter, Engage in Learning’s Operations and Marketing Manager.
As the statistics above show, Bullying and harassment are not just something to deal with, because is right. It is affecting your company and your team. If not managed correctly, it will affect your employee turnover rate and your effectiveness. It is always advisable to include a question about it on your exit interview to give the opportunity to leavers to talk about it with freedom.
If you want to read more about bullying, The workplace bullying institute has a fantastic page full of resources and statistics (from the US). https://www.workplacebullying.org