What is Dignity at Work

What is dignity at work? Simply put, all staff have the right to be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy, to a workplace free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and victimisation and to be valued for their skills and abilities. Dignity at work covers behaviours that constitute discrimination, bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.

There will be times when people feel that they have been subjected to inappropriate behaviour. These behaviours are destructive to the individual and the organisation. The promotion and maintenance of the dignity of all employees plays a key role in ensuring that the working environment is one where employees feel safe, valued and recognised. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Bullying and harassment may have the following effects on the employee and the business:

  • Increased sickness and absenteeism
  • Deterioration in performance
  • Loss of concentration
  • Low motivation
  • Loss of confidence
  • Consistent worrying
  • Lower output/productivity
  • Higher staff turnover
  • Low morale among employees and team
  • Workforce becomes de-motivated
  • Cynical attitude towards the organisation
  • Increased costs
  • High legal costs in defending cases
  • Management time required to investigate and defend claims

The following pages will explore workplace bullying, workplace harassment and dignity at work training . The costs can be huge! You may need cover for absenteeism and sick leave; Overtime may have to organised to meet orders; sales could be lost through poor service or orders not being met; staff leave leading to recruitment costs. These could be just some of the costs that could be incurred. There is also the huge cost of time. Time that people spend trying to address conflict, poor performance, low morale. The list could go on.

Bullying and harassment at work is more prevalent than many people believe. Therefore, every organisation should work to ensure that they replace bullying and inappropriate behaviours with positive behaviours throughout the organisation.

For more information on training for managers or staff please contact me using the contact form.

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