About this course
Every employee has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. This applies to all employees including those who work at a fixed location, at home or are mobile. Bullying and harassment of any kind should not be tolerated and it is important for organisations to promote a positive and inclusive culture.
It is vital that all employees have an understanding of what bullying is and how to address it. Employers should provide workplace bullying training to all staff on commencement, together with regular refresher updates throughout their employment.
Legal Island has created a 45-minute eLearning course, specifically for all employees in Northern Ireland, to enable your organisation to help to raise awareness of bullying and harassment in the workplace and explain what to do if employees are concerned about bullying.
What is bullying in the workplace?
Bullying is not specifically defined in Northern Irish law, however, the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) explain bullying as:
"Where one person or persons engage in unwanted conduct in relation to another person which has the purpose or effect of violating that person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person."
In 2021, Investopedia reported that an estimated 18.9 million workdays are lost in the UK each year because of bullying, at a cost of approximately £18 billion to businesses annually. This statistic highlights bullying at work can also have significant effects on the organisation.
What is not considered bullying in the workplace?
It is important that your employees also recognise what is not bullying at work. In order to do this, it is essential to distinguish bullying from other inappropriate behaviours at work and from what is deemed as appropriate workplace engagement.
What is the purpose of this course?
The purpose of this course is to raise awareness of bullying in the workplace, identify bullying behaviour (and behaviour that is not considered bullying) and explain how to report bullying.
Who needs this Workplace Bullying training?
Advice from top employment lawyers is that workplace bullying training is completed on day one of employment and then refreshed regularly to ensure all staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities in keeping the workplace harassment-free. Proving all staff with training will ensure a workplace where any conflict or issues around behaviours are dealt with, fairly and effectively.
Topics covered within the course include:
What is (and what is not) bullying at work
What is harassment at work
What are the effects of bullying at work
How to prevent bullying at work
What employees should do if they are concerned about bullying in their workplace