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What is bullying and harassment?

Bullying and harassment is inappropriate behaviour that offends a person’s dignity. It can be related to sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, or any other protected characteristic.

Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.

Bullying and harassment: effective interventions

Tackling inappropriate behaviour at work isn’t just about having the right policies in place. It’s about everyone taking effective action to challenge bullying, harassment and other unacceptable conduct to create a diverse and respectful working environment.

No organisation can afford to tolerate bullying and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. Combining original drama with analysis from business psychologist Gordon Tinline, our short film and micro-course looks at the impact of bullying and harassment in the workplace, demonstrates some effective intervention techniques and provides best practice guidance on supporting a diverse workforce and building an environment based on respect. Developed in partnership with subject matter experts Simmons and Simmons.

This course will help you to understand:

  • how victims can take effective action to confront people who are bullying and harassing them
  • what bystanders can do to intervene and challenge unacceptable behaviour
  • the importance of supporting colleagues who are being bullied and harassed
  • the responsibility of managers and team leaders to deal with the issue of inappropriate behavior robustly and effectively.

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