Bullying and harassment
Protect staff from bullying and harassment and create a culture that promotes dignity at work.
The Health and Safety Executive estimates that bullying accounts for up to 50 per cent of stress-related workplace illnesses. This means that every year bullying costs UK employers 80 million lost working days and up to £2 billion in lost revenue.
This is in addition to the human cost to the targets, and the risk to employers that employees will take legal action resulting in adverse judgement, heavy costs and damages, and negative publicity.
Allowing a culture of bullying and harassment to develop unchecked can damage morale, customer service and productivity, lead to an increase in absence and ill health (particularly stress-related), create risk of poor industrial relations and increased tribunal claims and impact negatively on individuals, teams and the whole organisation (including those not directly affected).