Bullying Awareness Resources
Preventing Bullying, In Equilibrium Resources
General Resources about Preventing Bullying
We hope you find the following articles and resources about bullying helpful. We have tried to focus on articles which give useful, usable information to raise awareness of many issues relating to bullying, particularly in the workplace. There are a few links to material positioned elsewhere on this website but mainly these articles are ones that we have found over the course of our work in providing training in preventing bullying and harassment.
We would like to encourage you to link/share this page and spread the word about what constitutes bullying and harassment as well as actions to take if you or a colleague are being bullied/harassed. Raising awareness is the first step in reducing the prevalence.
Raising Awareness of Bullying in the Workplace
Workplace bullying on Wikipedia
Includes a section on definitions as well as bullying tactics and a list of abusive workplace behaviours.
Harassment at Work: A UNISON Guide
Updated in May 2014, this 36 page guide explains what harassment and bullying are, the impact they have and their legal implications. There is also a section on what a policy on harassment should include.
TUC guide on bullying
Another clear guide on steps to take if you think you are being bullied. The webpage includes the cost of bullying to you, the cost to your boss and a list of actions to consider if you are being bullied.
Bullying and Harassment at Work: A guide for Managers and Employers
This 20 page document produced by ACAS has a useful section on why employers need to take action on bullying and harassment and a summary of the legal position.
Bullying at Work – Articles
Bullying remains rife and unchecked in UK workplaces, research finds
Article on the CIPD website – less than half of workers willing to tackle the issue of bullying for fear of becoming the target.
“The silent epidemic”
Workplace bullying is on the rise according to this piece in the Guardian newspaper.
Here’s how to deal with bullying in the NHS
An article on the conversation.com website argues that bullying at work is painful in part because everyone is involved e.g. the patients that stand by, the staff that turn a blind eye etc.
Ten steps to stop and prevent bullying
From the National Education Association this piece is written with school children in mind but relevant to anyone trying to increase their awareness of bullying and its impact. The article includes links to additional resources elsewhere on the web.
Different Types of Bullying Behaviours
Bully online was created by Tim Field in 1996. It is maintained and funded by the Tim Field foundation. Includes a section on different types of workplace bullying.
Brian Tracy article recognising that the leader sets the tone
Your management style, does it help or hurt employee performance? This piece singles out trust as the most important single factor in making an environment a “good place to work”. It’s a subtle link but the paragraph on destructive criticism being the worst behaviour a person can experience may be of interest.
Subtle signs of workplace bullying
This piece describes the subtle and not so subtle signs of bullying. It also refers to the role of HR and the importance of specific actions which should be taken to prevent bullying behaviour. Contains very clear and simple lists of information.
Does your perception of you match what others think?
This article raises our awareness of whether our perception of ourselves is similar to the perception other people in our lives have of us. It looks at 7 important areas of life including emotional, intellectual and values.
In Equilibrium film about the subtle and more obvious bullying behaviours
In just over 2 minutes this animation runs through bullying behaviours in the context of the workplace.
Effects of bullying on the individual
8 Reasons why victims of bullying don’t tell
There are many similar articles on the web and most of them are focused on children being bullied at school. However the principle is the same and many people who have experienced bullying in the workplace will recognise these reasons for not sharing the fact.
Why don’t employees stand up to bullies?
Slater and Gordon lawyers carried out research into bullying at work. This blog article on their website highlights some frightening statistics concerning workplace bullying and their research discovered that the most common reason why people don’t stop bullying at work is that they felt too awkward to say anything.
Bullying described as workplace “banter”
HR review, 6 in 10 people have witnessed or suffered bullying in the workplace. Contains a link to legal advice on bullying and harassment.
Covert v Overt bullying examples
From our own website this article lists the types of behaviours that can be described as covert and overt bullying.
Preventing Workplace Harassment and Violence
A joint guidance paper produced by various UK partners to implement the 2007 agreement between European Union social partners to prevent harassment and violence in the workplace. The 11 page paper includes a Definition of harassment and violence, as well as a section on Preventing, identifying and managing harassment and violence.
Bullying and harassment: Advice for Individuals, what you can do.
The National Bullying Helpline
Help and advice for people who are being bullied.
Effects of bullying on the organisation
Hazards to Health: The problem of workplace bullying
The problem of workplace bullying. An article in The Psychologist by Susan Cartwright and Cary Cooper on causes and possible solutions.
Bullying at Work: Beyond policies to a culture of respect
A download produced by the CIPD which includes section on, What is bullying?; Risk assessment; Strong management; healthy conflict and bullying, a policy for dealing positively with bullying.
Dealing with occupational bullying: The occupational health worker’s role
Arguing that the responsibility is on all of us to ensure appropriate behaviour at work and to challenge unacceptable behaviour where we witness it. It is important that individuals who perceive that they are being bullied have the confidence to speak out without fear of further harassment or discrimination. Organisations should have robust systems in place to deal with any of these situations promptly and appropriately.
Legal Support/The Equality Act
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with a ‘protected characteristic’. This article explains what these protected characteristics are.
Equality Act 2010
Information and guidance on the Equality Act 2010, including age discrimination and public sector Equality Duty.
Citizens Advice – Discrimination at Work: Bullying and Harassment
Discrimination at work: Bullying and Harassment This webpage describes what harassment is, what you can do about it, outlines the protected characteristics and next steps.
Myths about Bullying at Work
Myths and misperceptions about workplace bullying
Overcoming stereotypes and false perceptions of adult bullying and workplace bullying.
Bullying: What are the Myths Surrounding Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace?
From the official magazine of the Corporate Health and Wellness Association in America this article highlights myths like “if you downplay a bullying situation, the problem will go away”
Suggested alternative management styles and behaviours
What to do if you are accused of bullying
On the Institute of Leadership and Management’s website Jackie Cosh examines the effect that an accusation of bullying can have and the best way to deal with it.
7 Tips to avoid being called a bully at work
A blog article from Australia which highlights bullying statistics from Australia, USA and the UK, looks at what is and is not considered bullying in the workplace as well as providing 7 tips that can be used to ensure your management actions are not considered to be bullying.
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Please Note: The information in this website is for general guidance and is not legal advice. Please be aware that some of the articles mentioned on the resources pages originate from countries with different legal requirements from those in the UK.
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