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Ban Bullying at Work day - Acas launches free e-learning package

Thursday 27 October 2005

Acas today launched a new free e-learning course to help employers understand and prevent bullying in the workplace. This initiative is to coincide with Ban Bullying at Work day. Bullying at work has become a major cause of workplace stress resulting in 18 million days lost every year*

National Ban Bullying at Work Day. 7th November 2005

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. Acas has over 30 years' experience of dealing with employment relations and the new online course provides brief, straightforward advice to help deal with the issues.

The topics covered include:

  • definitions of bullying and harassment
  • recognition and prevention
  • how to deal with bullying and harassment
  • the consequences of inaction.

Using the package, people can set up procedures to suit their own organisation or revisit the website at any time for practical advice and information.

Acas has six other online packages including Discipline and Grievances at Work, Managing Absence and Working Parents. Since the first package was launched in October 2004 almost 30,000 people have signed up.

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 increases absenteeism, staff turnover and reduces the quality of work and staff morale. There can be a lot of confusion on how to recognise and deal with the issues. Our new online course can help employers put in place the right procedures to deal with problems promptly.

'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. Acas believes by getting the issues out in the open and putting in place appropriate policies and procedures employers will help stop problems developing in the first place.'

Notes to editors

1. Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

2. Bullying figure taken from the Andrea Adams Trust

3. Acas' helpline, 08457 47 47 47, answered over 880,000 calls on employment related matters in 2004/05.

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