Promoting a positive culture to tackle bullying


Creating, growing and sustaining a positive culture in an organisation is vital in terms of supporting employees' health and wellbeing, especially when dealing with any sensitive issues, and the key people to lead this work are line managers. 

Our line manager training and emotional wellbeing toolkit help managers and staff have honest and open discussions around mental and emotional wellbeing.

Follow our top tips to promote a positive culture in your organisation.

Engage with your staff

What does your staff survey and any local metrics tell you about your organisation's culture? Is there an existing problem with bullying and harassment and, if so, in which department?  Engaging with staff will help you to set your organisation's ambition.

Take action

Board and senior leaders can set the tone for the organisation and ensure that staff strive towards a positive culture. Effective training can support managers to be aware of bullying and and how to challenge problem behaviours.

Know who your bullying and harassment officer is within your organisation. Working with your freedom to speak up guardian is important to protect staff that could encounter bullying as a result of raising a whistleblowing concern.

Robust policies

Create robust policies in partnership with staff side colleagues that are easy, accessible and well publicised. Make sure your line managers know these policies and your organisational values.

Monitor, evaluate and be held to account

Declare your organisation's ambition and when you’ll review progress so patients, public and staff can hold your organisation to account.  Our organisation development web pages and resources can help you to create and shape positive culture across your organisation. 

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