Putting a stop to bullying at work

We would hope that school bullies would grow out of their bad habits when they become adults, but unfortunately instances of bullying still do occur in the workplace. What is bullying? Unlike harassment, the Equality Act does not provide a legal definition of bullying. Acas defines bullying as ‘offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an […]

Swearing at work – no big deal?

Using profanity in the workplace is not necessarily unacceptable. In some sectors, such as in construction or manufacturing environments, it may be more commonplace, but in an office, it may be considered more offensive. If someone stubs their toe on the edge of their desk or burns them self while drinking their cup of coffee, […]

How to manage victimisation in the workplace


Many employers and managers will probably have heard of the terms ‘harassment’ and ‘bullying’, but what about ‘victimisation’? The Equality Act 2010 states that a person victimises an individual if they treat someone badly because they have performed a ‘protected act’ or they believe that have done so or suspect they will. But what does […]

Sports Direct – What Did We Learn?

Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, was given a hard time last week by the Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) select committee following allegations of employment rights abuses. Perhaps the most eye-opening statement from the man himself came when he admitted “I’m not Santa Claus!” The more worrying revelations to come out of this, however, […]

Bullying at Work

Workplace Bullying

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have published a report on bullying within the workplace, which indicates that reported incidences of bullying are increasing. In the last 12 months, ACAS have taken around 20,000 calls relating to bullying and harassment. Whilst the issues raised range from those being sensitive to managerial action to those […]