Bullying in the Workplace: Be Aware

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This course increases awareness of bullying and harassment at work and gives delegates the knowledge and confidence to take action to identify, challenge and prevent inappropriate behaviour.

Course Context

A recent CIPD report (2020) cited that:
'more than half (53%) of people who’ve been bullied or harassed in the last three years did not report the latest incident.'

Lack of confidence, trust and fear of repercussions are main reasons for incidents of bullying not being reported.

The aim of this course is to raise awareness of bullying and harassment; consider responsibilities of all those involved; explore actions to challenge inappropriate behaviour, and work towards a zero-tolerance approach to bullying at work.

Key Benefits

  • Understand the differences between bullying and harassment
  • Review of the legal requirements on employers
  • How to recognise the different forms of bullying and harassment
  • Appreciate the short and long term effects bullying can have on the individual
  • An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of those involved in a bullying or harassment situation
  • Practical actions to take if you believe you are being bullied or harassed, or if someone you know is being subjected to bullying
  • Recognise what steps everyone can take to increase trust and respect at work

Who Is It For?

Our Bullying in the Workplace Be Aware training is suitable for anyone and can be tailored to reflect your existing policies.


The course content and capacity can be customised for individuality and to ensure organisations’ specific learning criteria are met. Consultancy to develop awareness of bullying in the workplace is also an option either as a standalone service or in conjunction with training.

Course Content

Training is delivered in a relaxed, supportive and flexible manner and includes exercises and case studies designed to stimulate interest. Delegates are encouraged to share ideas and experiences, creating valuable, relevant examples for discussion.

Raising awareness

  • What we mean by Bullying and Harassment in the workplace
  • Case studies to enable recognition of the types of different behaviours
  • Looking at examples: overt and covert.
    But what about teasing and workplace incivility…?

Organisational factors

  • What allows bullying behaviour to develop and thrive?
  • Your organisation’s position on bullying
  • Drawing the line: strong management vs bullying

The Individual: is there ‘a type’?

  • What do we know about the psychology of the perpetrator and the target?
  • How do victims react and why don’t they speak out?
  • What is the clinical impact of bullying on individuals?

The law and the bottom line

  • The legal implications for organisations
  • Evolving legislation
  • The position regarding individual responsibility and liability


  • Individual responsibilities
  • Management responsibility
  • General steps individuals can take

Dealing with complaints

  • Levels of intervention
  • What determines your approach to a problem?
  • Exploring ways of dealing informally with difficult situations
  • Opportunity to practise dealing informally with situations in a safe environment
  • Understanding the full implications of using the formal complaint route

A culture of respect

  • Exploring ways of creating a healthy culture

Delegate Comments following the Bullying in the Workplace: Be Aware course:


“I don't think I'll be afraid to challenge this behaviour from now on.”

“I’ll be more confident in how to deal with different types of bullying.”

"I will speak up and be more courageous to raise it if I feel someone is being harassed or bullied."

"It highlighted examples that I have witnessed in the workplace and has helped reassess how to cope with these if they occur again."

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