It has been estimated that bullying and harassment at work costs UK employers more than £13 billion each year through absence, turnover and lost productivity. At the same time the Acas helpline receives around 20,000 calls relating to bullying and harassment each year. In the last 12 months, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the rise of the #MeToo movement, the scale of sexual harassment in the workplace has been brought into sharp focus.
This event organised by the People, Organisations and Work (POW) research group and Kitsons Solicitors, and in conjunction with the CIPD Devon and Cornwall Branch and the Devon Chamber of Commerce, will not only seek to discuss these issues, but explore how they are dealt with in the employment tribunal system and also how employers and policy-makers can respond to the problem.
The event will start with an expert panel discussion of extent, nature and causes of bullying and harassment in the workplace. This will be followed by a mock employment tribunal and conclude with the judgement from the mock ET and a debate as what employers can do to minimise and manage such behaviours.
This free event is aimed primarily at University of Plymouth students, employers, businesses and HR practitioners. Please book your place via the above link.