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Acas urges businesses to address workplace bullying

Monday 09 November 2009

Acas, the employment relations service, believes having a workplace that values employee health and wellbeing can help organisations deal with a range of situations in the best way. Workplace bullying continues to be a problem and is damaging to both individuals and business.

With this year's anti-bullying week (16-20 November) focusing on cyber-bullying, it is the ideal time for businesses to identify, tackle and address workplace bullying.

According to Acas, bullying and harassment currently affects one in ten employees. Disruptive, for the individual and business, as well as affecting people's personal lives and wellbeing, it can also lead to increased levels of absence, reduced productivity and low staff morale.

Steve Williams, Acas Head of Equality Services said:

"When bullying is not properly addressed and the distinction between strong management and bullying isn't defined, everyone suffers.

"Businesses should communicate that bullying will not be tolerated and ensure line managers have the rights skills to spot the signs and be confident to address issues."

If you think you're getting out of your depth, Acas provides advice and guidance to help you deal with such issues in the workplace. 

For more information please visit our bullying and harassment advice and guidance page:

Notes to editors

  1. Acas' aim is 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. Acas Helpline (0300 123 1100) is open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.

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