No one should have to put up with bullying or harassment in any part of their life, including in the workplace. If you are being bullied, or are the subject of harassment, there are things you can do.
What’s the difference between bullying and harassment?
Bullying tends to involve someone trying to intimidate another, often less senior, colleague and can be incredibly damaging. There are a whole range of bullying behaviours but common ones include physical or verbal violence, humiliation and behavior that undermines someone’s confidence.
Harassment involves circumstances where someone’s behaviour is offensive or threatening. This could include making sexual comments, or abusing someone’s race, religion or sexual orientation among others.
What can you do?
There are many reasons why these situations arise ranging from severe discrimination to a simple clash of personalities or a misunderstanding that has gone too far.
Your first call should be to your employer. They have a duty to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace and they should have a grievance procedure you can follow which may include meetings with your manager, mediation or internal investigations.
If you don’t feel able to do that, because you fear it will result in further problems, or you have followed the procedure but the matter has still not been resolved, then you may want consider legal action.
How we can help:
At Astute HR we are experts at dealing with workplace bullying and harassment. We’ll listen to your case and help you to decide what the best course of action is for you, from talking to your employers on your behalf all the way through to establishing a case for tribunal if needed.
Our priority is finding the best solution for you as an individual, one that will allow you to move on with your life and your work with the least cost, disruption and upset.
We’ll support you by:
- Establishing whether you have a case before you part with any cash
- Explaining your options including Tribunal proceedings if appropriate
- Finding the right solution for you and your future
- Getting you the result you deserve
Call our Workplace Bullying specialists now on 020 3011 1601.