Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace: Prevention and Effective Intervention

This event will provide an up-to-date brief on the latest measures that can be taken in preventing, tackling, and resolving workplace bullying and harassment.

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Respect in the workplace

With recent high-profile cases of alleged bullying and harassment dominating headlines and ongoing revelations around chronic sexual harassment, it is clear that a poor workplace culture has the power to damage more than employee morale. ACAS, the conciliation service, recently revealed that bullying and harassment in the workplace is costing employers up to £18bn per year. This kind of behaviour has a severe impact on employee wellbeing, productivity and retention. Additionally, employers themselves can be hit by legal and reputational problems if they do not respond to it effectively. In a 2016 survey 75% of workers claimed they had experienced bullying at work, making this an issue all employers must be prepared to tackle.

Join Holyrood for an up-to-date brief on the latest measures that should be taken, discuss how you can create a better working environment for your workforce, and learn from good practice case studies in order to shape effective strategies to tackle bullying head-on.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Defining bullying & harassment in an employment context
  • The legal responsibilities of employers to protect their workers
  • Improving ways of reporting incidents and accessing help and support
  • Training staff to be aware of and challenge inappropriate behaviour
  • Handling difficult conversations appropriately

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in tackling bullying and harassment in the workplace, including: HR professionals; team leaders/managers; senior executives/directors; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions and representative groups.

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10:10 Session 1: Defining and Responding to Bullying

  • Defining bullying & harassment in an employment context
  • The legal responsibilities of employers to protect their workers
  • Establishing and communicating clear and effective grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • Responding to bullying and/or harassment complaints

10:30 Group Discussion and Questions

11:00 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Preventing Bullying: Developing A Whole Organisation Response

  • Changing attitudes & cultures
  • Highlighting the characteristics of workplace cultures that promote wellbeing
  • Improving ways of reporting incidents & accessing help and support
  • Ensuring confidentiality and safe routes to report incidents
  • Training staff to be aware of and challenge inappropriate behaviour

12:30 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Tackling Bullying Behaviours

  • The role of managers in tackling bullying & harassment
  • Implementing a clear policy
  • Increasing awareness of support offered
  • Handling difficult conversations appropriately
  • Taking concerns seriously and sensitively

14:40 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
25 April 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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