This article is for the UK Workplace and refers to UK law.
Suffering from bullying or harassment in the work place can be an employee’s worst nightmare, it can damage self-esteem, confidence, productivity and in some situations, prevent people from attending work all together. For employers, finding out that someone in your organisation is accused of behaving in a bullying or harassing way can put you in an uncomfortable situation as you will need to investigate fully as either you have an employee who is a bully and needs to be stopped or you have an employee who is making accusations and needs to be educated on what constitutes bullying or harassment.
In this article, we will discuss basic information about bullying and harassment at work, identifying the types of behaviors that can fall under these headings and some behaviors that do not. We will also summarize the responsibilities of employers and outline some of the options open to employees who find themselves being bullied.