What employers can do about workplace bullying


17th of January, 2012 Bookmark and Share

Unless it can be classed as harassment or discrimination, bullying in the workplace is not illegal – unpleasant as it may be. Employers who don't handle workplace bullying correctly could in fact find themselves in more trouble than the bully themselves. This Peninsula master class presents employment law tips on disciplining the perpetrators and helping the victims.

If you suspect an employee of bullying, you may want to dismiss them. To avoid costly and damaging unfair dismissal claims, it's essential that you seek professional employment law advice on the best way to proceed. Peninsula offers bespoke advice via phone or email, while the A-Z online advice library can be accessed for free at any time. It's worth remembering that bullying constitutes gross misconduct, making it fair grounds for dismissal – as long as you follow the correct procedures, the law is on your side.

It's not unusual for employees suffering with work related stress to lash out at their colleagues. Peninsula's employee assistance programme includes online stress assessments to help you spot warning signs, and face-to-face counselling sessions for those affected. Meanwhile, bullying can have a devastating effect on employee wellbeing and morale, often leading to prolonged absence caused by stress. The HR software provided by Peninsula includes a tool to help you spot patterns of absenteeism.

To assist HR professionals in dealing with workplace bullying, Peninsula also provides bespoke training sessions. In a situation like this, being familiar with best practice and the basics of employment law could prove invaluable. Of course, for extra security they will always have access to the employment law advice hotline.

For further employment law advice regarding employee wellbeing and how to deal with bullying in the workplace, call our team of specialist advisors for free on 0800 328 9348 or visit the Peninsula website.

If you are a member of the media and need any further assistance, would like to discuss case studies for a particular feature, or be added to our media contact list, feel free to contact Sammual-James McLoughlin, head of media, press and public relations at Peninsula, on 0161 827 8511 or sammualjamesmcloughlin@gmail.com.

Website: http://www.peninsula-uk.com/

Rachel Hand
Peninsula is the leading provider of employment law and health and safety services in the UK. Established since 1983, the company has around 25,000 businesses who have already integrated Peninsula to work as part of their HR and Health and Safety departments. Headquartered in Manchester, Peninsula employs 900 people across the UK and Ireland. Their sheer size ensures that they can attract, and retain, the very best people from the HR, Health and Safety and Legal Services industries to come and work for Peninsula. Their financial strength allows them to offer the services and skill of their specialist people to work for clients at an absolute fraction of the real cost.