Bullying and harassment
19 October 2016
Dignity at work has become increasingly recognised in recent years as an important issue for employers to address. Taking action to prevent bullying and harassment at work can be crucial in avoiding increased levels of stress and absenteeism, low staff morale, high turnover and decreased productivity.
In addition, workplace harassment and bullying in the workplace can expose employers to a variety of different types of damaging legal action – for example, constructive dismissal claims, complaints of discriminatory harassment and actions under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
This Inbrief summarises the legal background and examines how employers can develop effective policies which will both reduce legal exposure and create a healthy, respectful and supportive working environment for their staff.