Conciliation service Acas has launched a new free online learning course to help employers understand and prevent bullying in the workplace.
This initiative has been launched today to coincide with Ban Bullying at Work day.
The online course shows employers how to recognise and deal with bullying, as well as harassment, and provides good practice advice on the best way to develop clear and accessible policies.
The topics covered include:
- definitions of bullying and harassment
- recognition and prevention
- how to deal with bullying and harassment
- the consequences of inaction.
In 2004/05 Acas ran 237 face-to-face training sessions on how to deal with bullying and harassment in the workplace.
John Taylor, Acas chief executive, said: “Bullying and harassment of any kind are in no-one’s interest and should not be tolerated – yet it continues to be a problem in today’s workplace.
“It is important to recognise and increase awareness of the effects of bullying in the workplace which is why today’s Ban Bullying at Work day provides a vital opportunity to highlight the issues involved.”