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Bullying and Harassment at work – a serious issue for Employers

Employment Law  | Jersey Business Legal Services

Bullying or harassment is unwanted behaviour which causes intimidation, degradation, humiliation or offence.  This can be between two individuals or can involve groups of people and could form a persistent behaviour pattern or be an isolated incident.

Examples of bullying include but not limited to insulting someone, spreading malicious rumours, exclusion, unfair or unreasonable treatment, deliberately undermining a competent employee through constant criticism.

Harassment refers to unwanted behaviour in respect of age, disability, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.

Employers must ensure that anti-bullying and harassment policies are in place and monitored. Employers must make staff aware of such and of the options in place to deal with any such incidents.  Ignoring or indeed condoning such bullying and or harassment creates an unhappy working environment which can result in poor productivity, low morale, high levels of absenteeism and high staff turnover.  Ultimately, it can lead to employment tribunals and compensation payments.

Key considerations to prevent such behaviour are:

  • Develop and implement a formal policy; this does not need to be lengthy or complicated.
  • Ensure a good example of appropriate behaviour is set and maintained by all senior members of staff
  • Monitor the workplace to identify bullying and harassment
  • Ensure all or any complaints from employees are dealt with fairly and promptly
  • Stating the expected standards of behaviour through the staff handbook

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