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Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace (#10)

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HR Risk Forums: Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace 

A workplace culture that breeds bullying is failing in respect, inclusion and accountability. Upward, downward and horizontal bullying claims can cost an organisation greatly, in absenteeism, mental health issues, productivity and performance, reputational risk and loss of staff as well as expensive and reputationally damaging tribunals. Yet 32% of UK workers have experienced bulling and harassment which can lead to ‘quiet firing,’ and legal action.

Tackling bullying and harassment at work

Record highs in tribunal claims citing workplace bullying were reported last year, with remote working, misplaced ‘banter’ and lack of robust policy as the key causes.

In addition, the Worker Protection Act comes into effect in October 29024, requiring employers to take proactive steps to prevent their employees from being sexually harassed at work. In the post-#MeToo culture, employers are under increasing scrutiny to ensure they provide a workplace safe from sexual misconduct.

This intensive thirty-minute update examines power structures, covert and overt disruptive and manipulative behaviours and why bullying can go unreported. We’ll also take a specialist look at the key elements of anti-bullying policy and processes and what you can do to improve workplace culture in the short and long-term.

We’ll hear from a workplace bullying specialist and an employment and discrimination expert. 

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Which functions will benefit from attending

  • team leaders, line managers, human resource personnel, Occupational Health, Health & Safety, Vetting and Screening, Employment Policy, corporate leaders, union representatives and leaders, legal and medical professionals, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, employee assistance programme providers, executive coaches and mediators.

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Welcome and introduction

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research
Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

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Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research , Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

Elizabeth is director of research and a founding co-director at Business Forums International. She is responsible for all programme content and writing, and researches current areas of interest for senior HR professionals in large organisations. BFI is the UK’s leading HR risk specialist conference and training provider, delivering key and timely information to over 3,000 delegates a year both through public and in-house training courses. Before founding BFI in 1996, Elizabeth specialised in researching corporate financial programmes in Asia and the Middle East, based in Dubai. She also worked in advertising and publishing in the Middle East and London. Elizabeth was educated in the West Indies, Saudi Arabia and Belgium before reading Modern Languages at Durham University. She is currently developing an online training course for line managers to raise awareness of menopause symptoms and ways that employers can work to make their workplaces more inclusive.

Power struggles: disruptive and manipulative behaviours

Sharon Docherty

Sharon Docherty

DBA Researcher
Cranfield University

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Sharon Docherty

DBA Researcher , Cranfield University

Sharon Docherty has worked as a civil servant within the Ministry of Defence for over 20 years. During that time, she has undertaken a wide range of high-profile roles from working as the Liaison Officer to the PM's Special Representative for the First World War Commemorations to acting as a Legislative Policy Officer negotiating a bi-lateral agreement between HMG and the Republic of Cyprus. Sharon is passionate about lifelong learning and to that end in 2017, she joined an Army Advanced Development Programme which is an innovative partnership with McKinsey and Co to develop a cohort of military officers and civil servants with business skills. This included studying for a MBA with Henley Business School exploring the link between Staff Engagement and Burnout, completing the Project Leadership Programme with Cranfield University, and obtaining a Level 7 in Management Consultancy. Putting these skills to good use Sharon joined the Central Transformation team in MOD Main Building, Whitehall to help upskill change and transformation teams across Defence. During this time, Sharon was successful in obtaining a place on the Advanced Command and Staff Course which provided an opportunity to further her knowledge in Defence, national security, strategic operational planning, and international relations, while also studying for a MA in Defence Studies with King's College, London exploring the impact of Heuristics and Biases on Decision Making within Defence. Current activities More recently Sharon joined Defence Intelligence heading up a change programme reviewing training, education, research offer for Intelligence personnel, while at the same time studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration with Cranfield University looking at the phenomenon of Upward Bullying.

  • Covert vs Overt - the Playground Bully
  • Organisational Misbehaviour - the decline of collective bargaining 
  • Dark Triad - abusing the grievance process

The key elements of anti-bullying policy

Jasmin Dhillon

Jasmin Dhillon

Partner - Employment and Immigration
Spencer West LLP

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Jasmin Dhillon

Partner - Employment and Immigration , Spencer West LLP

Jasmin is an employment and immigration lawyer, with in depth experience in employment tribunal litigation and dispute resolution. She has advised and litigated on complex issues, including restrictive covenants, multiple discrimination claims, whistleblowing and TUPE. Jasmin has brought and defended bullying and harassment claims on behalf of clients, ranging from individuals to multinational corporations. The evolving landscape of this area, with a heightened social awareness of it, has led Jasmin advising on a diverse range of legal issues. As part of Jasmin’s immigration practice, she advises on cross-border employee transfers and talent management. Jasmin works with many UK and overseas companies to facilitate inward investment.

  • Policy & processes 
  • How you can improve your workplace culture 
  • Q&A with our experts 

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