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Harassment can be defined as unwanted conduct that violates people’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Staff wellbeing is a matter of mutual interest to employers, managers, trade unions and the workforce. To this end there should be a number of policies and procedures in place that:

  • integrate in a considered and planned way the approach to management to concerns around bullying and harassment, violence and stress
  • define and recognise bullying and harassment
  • identify work organisation and staffing issues that contribute to workplace bullying and harassment
  • understand how employment law principles and health and safety legislation apply to workplace bullying and harassment
  • make employers and staff aware of what they can do to recognise and eliminate workplace bullying and harassment
  • develop a workplace strategy to inform persons about what to do if staff witness or suffer bullying and harassment
  • develop workplace policies on bullying and harassment, violence, harassment and stress at work in the light of new cases
  • understand that bullying and harassment affects everyone and can be seen in a wider context beyond that of a health and safety issue.

Read more about bullying and harassment in this guide for reps.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.
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