Bullying

Bullying in the workplace can take many forms, and the results can be devastating for the victim's physical and mental health.

 

Further Information

The TUC’s pages on bullying in the health and safety section of their website, have news, information and resources, including links to the 'Bullying' chapter of Hazards at Work (the TUC guide to health and safety in the workplace), Bullying at Work – Guidance for Safety Representatives and Bullied at work? Don't suffer in silence.

Many unions produce helpful guides on tackling bullying. In particular, the teaching unions have produced lots of helpful guidance on the growing threat of cyber-bullying – bullying via the internet or mobile phone. The NASUWT teaching union has produced a social media booklet which looks at how to deal with cyber-bullying.

In 2015, the Labour Research Department updated Bullying and harassment at work – a guide for trade union reps, priced £8.80. In 2015, they also produced Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures – a practical guide for trade union reps, priced £9.75, which may be useful if you are defending a member accused of bullying.

Hazards magazine has a bullying factsheet and information on work suicide.

Dignity at Work was a joint project between Unite the Union and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to encourage a work culture of respect for the individual. Download the Dignity at Work action pack.

Conciliation service Acas has information on its work bullying and harassment webpages, including the leaflet Bullying and harassment at work: guidance for employees.

Mental health charity Mind has a guide on workplace bullying on their website.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.