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Sadly, bullying isn't just something that happens at school. People can also be bullied at work.

Our friends at RespectMe have put together a great short video on what you can do if you are being bullied or witness someone else being bullied but are unsure of how to deal with it.

The facts 

A survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that 1 in 5 UK employees had experienced some form of bullying and harassment in the past 2 years. 

There isn’t a specific law about bullying but it is covered by other legislation. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all employers must provide a safe and healthy working environment, including protection from bullying and harassment at work.

If bullying is motivated by age, sex, disability, gender, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation then it is covered under the Equality Act 2010.

Bullying can involve:

  • Having your views/opinions ignored
  • Being given impossible deadlines or workloads
  • Being humiliated in front of colleagues
  • Having rumours spread about you.
  • Being criticized even when you do a good job

What you can do:

  • Tell someone what is going on- if you don’t let anyone know then they won’t be able to help you.
  • Get advice on how to deal with the bullying- if you feel able you could talk to someone in the Human Resources department or your line manager. If not then you could call Acas National advice line 0845 47 47 47. 
  • Keep a record of bullying behaviour. This will come in handy if you decide to take action.
  • Talk to the bully. They might be unaware of the effect their behaviour is having on you. If you’re worried about doing this by yourself you could take someone with you. 
  • Make a formal complaint. Usually this only happens after you’ve tried to resolve the problem informally. 

Helpful links

WorkSmart from the TUC- Information from the Trades Union Congress about health at work.

Acas- Bullying and harassment at work Guide for employees- Acas provide information and advice to employees and employers on a range of issues including bullying.