Dignity at Work

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Dignity at work

My workplace is committed to ensuring a harassment-free work environment for all staff. Management believe that all employees should be treated with dignity and respect. It is the hospitals policy to provide a work environment free of unlawful discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment or bullying of any kind. Employees have the right to be treated with dignity and respect in an environment free from psychological pressure. In working towards promoting good relations between all people, including different racial groups, it is essential that we show respect to each other and guard against any form of discrimination, intentional or otherwise.This policy has to inform all employees about their rights and responsibilities. Workplace must be free from bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.

Policy statement:

The Health Service recognises the right of all employees to be treated with dignity and respect and is committed to ensuring that all employees are provided with a safe working environment which is free from all forms of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.

This Policy protects employees from bullying, harassment and sexual harassment regardless of whether is carried out by a work colleague, client, member of the public, business contact or any other person with whom employees might come into contact during the course of their work.

It also sets out a complaints procedure which ensures that complaints are dealt with promptly and with sensitivity.

In my opinion this is very good and fair act, because nobody deserves to be subject of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment. And all of us should be treated with respect and dignity in workplace.

Workplace bullying and harassment affect the quality of patient care:

• By resulting in poor staff morale

• Increased absenteeism

• Stress-related illnesses

• Reduced efficiency

• Higher turnover of staff

Bullying and harassment can have devastating effect on health, confidence, people can take more often sick leave due to stress, being less motivated at work even leave the job.

Bullying and harassment can be:

1. Direct

2. Indirect (people who are not directly bullied, or harassed but who witness it or have knowledge of it)

Bullying

Bullying is repeated inappropriate behaviour, can be direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others.

Bullying usually takes place over a period of time. It is regular inappropriate behaviour which is targeted at one employee or a group of employees.

An isolated incident of inappropriate behaviour may be an affront to dignity at work but as a once-off incident, is not considered to be bullying.

Examples of bullying are:

• Humiliation, usually in front of others

• Spreading rumours

• Constantly picking on a person when things go wrong

Harassment

Harassment is inappropriate behaviour and may consist of a single incident or repeated inappropriate behaviour. We know eight grounds covered by the Employment Equality Act. These grounds are:

1) Marital status

2) Family status

3) Sexual orientation

4) Religious belief

5) Age

6) Disability

7) Race

8) Colour

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment includes: acts of physical intimacy, or request for sexual favours, or any act or conduct, including spoken words, gestures or the production, display or circulation of written words, pictures or other material where the act, request or conduct is unwelcome to the recipient and could reasonably be regarded as sexually, or on gender grounds, offensive, humiliating, or intimidating. A single incident may constitute harassment.

For example:

• Unnecessary touching

• Verbal unwelcome sexual advances or...
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