Ansan has had, for years now, a policy against Bullying in the Workplace. It has been in our Employee Handbook and Health and Safety Manual for several years. A restatement of this policy has been undertaken in 2014. The policy statement in its present form makes abundantly clear the Company’s position:
1. Workplace Conduct
Bullying and harassment is not acceptable or tolerated in the workplace. All workers will be treated in a fair and respectful manner.
2. Bullying and Harassment
a) includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated, but
b) excludes any reasonable action by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employement.
Examples of conduct or comments that might constitute bullying and harassment include verbal aggression or insults, calling someone derogatory names, harmful hazing or initiation practices, vandalizing personal belongings and spreading malicious rumours.
3. Workers Must:
a) not engage in bullying and harassment of other workers;
b) report if bullying and harassment is observed or experienced;
c) apply and comply with the employer’s policies and procedures on bullying and harassment.
This policy statement applies to all workers, including permanent, temporary, casual, contract and student workers. It applies to interpersonal and electronic communications, such as e-mail.
5. Annual Review
The policy statement will be reviewed every year. All workers are to be provided a copy of this policy and subsequent updates or amendments.
Statements of Policy are all well and good but not much use without some way for employees to access the protection promised in the policy. There also needs to be some sensitivity training to raise awareness of the damge that can be done by this type of conduct and how to redress it. Ansan has created a Complaint Procedure Policy, and Investigation Policy and a training program to increase awareness amongst our staff of the problems that arise when bullying occurs or is allowed to exist without censure. When we detect such conduct we find it is often being done without an actual realization on the part of the perpetrator as to the nature of their conduct. As part of the treatment of the problem employees are required to complete this course.