When you own a business, you have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for your employees, both physically and mentally. You need to ensure that all of your employees are in a cohesive environment and can work safely together. That doesn’t mean they have to get along all the time, or outside of work; there may be conflicts and personality differences. Devising an anti-bullying policy is critical so that all of your employees know that they have a course of action in case they feel harassed or bullied by co-workers or superiors. Employment solicitors in Bournemouth can help you create an anti-bullying policy, to help ensure you have all the necessary elements included.
Clearly define bullying and harassment
If you ask twenty people what the definition of workplace bullying is, you may get twenty different answers. It’s important to clearly define what bullying and harassment is, and what it isn’t.
Course of Action
If any of your employees feel harassed or bullied, they need to have a course of action. That is, they need to know how to deal with it. This can include going to their superiors, going to Human Resources, filing official complaints, etc.
Your employees need to feel safe in their work environment, and they should know that they have a recourse of action in case they are bullied by co-workers or superiors.
This part of the policy should outline the termination process for those employees who have been proven to be bullies/harassers.
When you’re creating your anti-bullying policy with your employment solicitors in Bournemouth, they will advise you on what terms you need to include, and exactly what needs to be outlined in the policy. It’s a good idea to have all new and existing employees to read it and sign a form confirming they’ve read and understood the policy.