Bullying Versus Harassment: The Importance of Knowing the Difference and the Legal Significance for Employers
Objectives of the Presentation
- Define and describe workplace bullying and bullying behaviors
- Define differences between legal workplace bullying and illegal harassment
- Describe current state laws about workplace bullying
- Describe damage caused by these behaviors to make a business case for ending them
- Immediately implement a few separate action items that can immediately impact the problem of bullying
- Implement a healthy workplace policy
- Develop a training program to build a more positive workplace environment
- Determine how to use your already existing risk-management program as a tool for ending both behaviors
Why Should you Attend
The terms “bullying and harassment” are often used interchangeably by employees when raising a concern with their employer. However, the terms from a legal point of view are very different and create a different set of problems and expectations on both employer and employee. Given the significant focus placed on procedural fairness by employment tribunals, it is absolutely vital that employers understand the differences and know what process to follow when faced with such an employee complaint.
The argument for preventing workplace harassment is well established, even though many employers, including nonprofit organizations, underestimate the non-litigation related costs. While discussions about workplace bullying are newer to HR, workplace bullying is highly prevalent and also costly to employers. Estimates are that 35% of workers have been bullied, and that in a workplace with 1,000 employees, a workplace bully likely costs about $1 million in turnover, absenteeism, and reduced work, not including litigation. Both harassment and bullying cause anxiety, burnout, low job satisfaction, and even PTSD, in addition to potentially interfering with the achievement of your organizational mission.
The number of states with laws about workplace bullying is only going to increase, not to mention allowing bad behaviors to occur at work is just bad business.
- Performance management
- Risk management
- Corporate policies
- Corporate culture
- Regulatory updates
You know harassment is illegal; did you know there are anti-bullying laws in several states? While harassment is about protected characteristics, what exactly is bullying? How do you differentiate the two when an employee files a grievance? What other differences (and similarities) do harassment and bullying share? These are a few questions that are likely to run through your head if you are concerned about bullying in your own workplace. This webinar will provide answers to these questions, and even more importantly, provide tools to put an end to both harassment and bullying. (see
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