I’m not normally a follower of politics or politicians, but one news story this month resonated with me when I read about a Labour MP’s treatment at the House of Commons.
Braford West MP Naz Shah had been hospitalised with severe nerve pain but was allegedly forced by Government whips to attend the House of Commons for a Brexit bill debate.
Initially she was informed that she would be able to stay in the back of a car at the Houses of Parliament, listen to the debate on the radio, and make her vote from the vehicle. But Conservative whips forced the Labour MP to leave the vehicle and attend the debate in person. She was pushed into the debating chamber in a wheelchair, while still in her pyjamas, all dignity lost, amidst accusations of bullying.
There is simply no place in politics or the workplace for bullying and this situation demonstrated the worst of this.
Dealing With Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying in the workplace is not acceptable and there should be a zero tolerance.
There should be a Policy in place that everyone in the business knows about, along with a process to follow if there is an unfortunate necessity to use it.
In order for Managers or the HR department to follow through, training is important, as this will help to give people a full understanding of the Policy and Processes, the implications of not dealing with it, and the confidence of following it through to the best conclusion possible.
Why This Matters
Bullying is a very serious matter. Fairness and consistency needs to be at the forefront of this matter. If not dealt with and/or not dealt with properly, it can have a massive affect on someone’s wellbeing (in the present and, possibly, in the future).
Therefore, developing policies and providing people with training to overcome situations, helps businesses and organisations to stamp out bullying in the workplace.
There are two things to think about: (i) having a difficult conversation with the person alleged to have done the bullying and (ii) then looking after the wellbeing of the person who has been affected.
Making Your Workplace a Better Place
Prevention of bullying is far better than having to deal with the aftermath. Good practices should be in place, especially in cases such as Bradford West MP Naz Shah.
Firstly, invest in a policy, processes, and training to prevent incidents happening.
Secondly, ensure that people carrying out any necessary investigations are trained to address the before, during and after elements around an incident (so they follow a process, understand the necessary steps to undertake, and conduct a comprehensive review).
Training in having difficult conversations, looking after people’s wellbeing and knowing who you can get advice from, ensures that fairness and consistency is shown to all.
And finally, take whatever steps are necessary to avoid anybody being placed in a demeaning and/or embarrassing position in the first place.
ABOUT ANN HOAD
As a professional trainer, I’ve delivered over 20 different types of courses, including leadership and management training, solving problems and making decisions, changing perceptions and behaviours, diversity and inclusion, and performance management.
Some of the courses I deliver are about HR Policies and Procedures, as businesses need processes that provide boundaries, standards and consistency.
I’ve been involved in Learning and Development since 2003 (within the corporate world), and have run my own Training Consultancy and Personal Development & Life Coach business since 2014.
I am an Associate CIPD Member and have a Level 3 in Direct Learning and Support (that includes the A1 Assessor unit). I’ve also worked with The Coaching Academy as an Internal Assessor for their SFEDI Level 5 Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching since 2017.
I take tremendous pride in training the next generation of leaders, managers and trainers, while continuing to design and deliver training for companies and organisations (either directly or through L&D agencies).
If you would like to discuss the training needs for your company or organisation, please contact me to arrange a meeting.