Bullying and harassment: NHSScotland PIN policy

This Partnership Information Network (PIN) policy is not in use after 1 March 2020. Policies in force after 1 March 2020 are on https://workforce.nhs.scot/policies

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8 Conclusions

  • Bullying and harassment in the workplace is becoming more widely recognised as a significant issue for employers. It impacts on the effectiveness of the organisation and the well-being of staff. This policy seeks to demonstrate that by implementing a planned strategy, it is possible to work effectively towards dealing with bullying and harassment in the NHS.
  • This ' Preventing and Dealing with Bullying and Harassment NHSScotland' PIN Policy is only one step in the journey towards NHSScotland becoming a 'Dignified Workplace', as many other activities will be required to effect genuine culture change.
  • We want to encourage a 'performance culture' in which employees are clear about the need to deliver results and where managers are clear about the boundaries between effective management and inappropriate behaviour.
  • Where any employee feels they have been subjected to inappropriate behaviour, we want to create a culture where that behaviour may be investigated and dealt with swiftly.
  • Formal processes should be a last resort for dealing with dignity at work issues within NHSScotland. Within a 'Dignified Workplace', disputes will be resolved through dialogue in a safe and mutually inclusive environment.
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