The Bullying Intervention Group Workplace Standard
Following the resounding success of our BIG Award for Schools that we have been running for almost ten years now, we have teamed up with ACG Compliance, a very successful training company to introduce our new BIG Standard for Workplaces.
Bullying is a huge issue in the workplace, and can cost companies huge amounts in sick pay, low productivity, court costs etc. We are here to give you all of the resources and training you need to prevent and reduce bullying and relationship issues in your workplace.
We now deliver expert training to staff at all levels and you can work to achieve our BIG Standard for Workplaces through meeting all of the criteria required. Through this you can achieve a caring and productive workplace, where staff can achieve their full potenital without fear of intimidation or harrassment.
These criteria include:
An up to date anti-bullying policy
A Bullying Intervention Focus Group
Regular, quality staff training at all levels
Awareness raising in your workplace about bullying issues
Support and access to counselling for all staff experiencing any problems in the workplace
Recording and monitoring of any incidents
Workplace bullying and harassment information
Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended. Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
Examples of bullying or harassing behaviour include:
spreading malicious rumours
picking on or regularly undermining someone
denying someone’s training or promotion opportunities
Bullying and harassment can happen:
Bullying itself is not against the law, but harassment is. This is when the unwanted behaviour is related to one of the following:
marriage and civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief
What employees should do if they’re bullied or harassed
Employees should see if they can sort out the problem informally first. If they cannot, they should talk to their:
human resources (HR) department
trade union representative
If this does not work, they can make a formal complaint using their employer’s grievance procedure. If this does not work and they’re still being harassed, they can take legal action at an employment tribunal.
They could also call the Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) helpline for advice:
Telephone: 0300 123 1100
Textphone: 18001 0300 123 1100
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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Acas has also produced a guidance leaflet on bullying and harassment.
Employers are responsible for preventing bullying and harassment - they’re liable for any harassment suffered by their employees.
Anti-bullying and harassment policies can help prevent problems. Acas has produced a booklet for employers, including advice on setting up a policy as well as how to recognise, deal with and prevent bullying and harassment.