Dignity at Work
words | Leah Carnegie, The HR Dept
Q: I read recently that a Bill for Dignity at Work
has been submitted, what does this mean?
Gibraltar is committed to creating an environment of positive working relationships. To preserve and protect such an environment, all organisation will have policies and procedures that set out standards of conduct that must be observed and enable staff to raise concerns, to be provided with a response and for those concerns to be addressed in an appropriate forum and to obtain an appropriate remedy. Gibraltar believes that every employee has the right to be treated with equality, dignity and respect in the workplace and is committed to providing a supportive working environment to foster such a work culture. By addressing unacceptable behaviour and promoting positive behaviour this procedure fully underpins the vision and values of all trades within Gibraltar. The purpose of the dignity at work policy is to ensure a culture of working relationships in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect, where harassment is known to be unacceptable and individuals have the confidence to deal with and challenge harassment or bullying without fear of ridicule or reprisals. Definitions Harassment is unwanted conduct in working relationships affecting the dignity of employees. It is actions or comments that are viewed as demeaning and unacceptable to the recipient or that create a hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for a member of staff. Harassment includes any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, for example, unwelcome sexual advances, touching, standing too close and the display of offensive materials. Bullying can be defined as persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidating or malicious behaviour, abuse of power or sanctions which makes the recipient feel threatened, humiliated or vulnerable and which undermines self-confidence. Examples include shouting in public, persistent or unfair criticism, ostracising people, threats and instilling fear, inappropriate use of email, spreading malicious rumours, constantly undervaluing effort, withholding information, removing areas of responsibility and imposing inappropriate tasks. Unacceptable behaviour can take many forms and can range from physical attack to more subtle conduct. It can include actions, jokes or suggestions that might create a
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