How to beat the bullies

It was rather ironic in the week Unite in AXA decided to promote the Dignity at Work initiative, which AXA has signed up to, that the company should unfortunately appear in the press for all the wrong reasons in respect of bullying. Recognising the importance of the issue and that one incident is one too many, the company are preparing new training for managers on the subject, a move we applaud.

Earlier in the week we issued a newsletter challenging us all to look at our own behaviours and ensure they do not step over the line into bullying. Today we are issuing a newsletter for staff concerned that they may be the victims of bullying and containing some tips on how to deal with bullying behaviour and where to get help. This newsletter can be accessed by clicking the link here.

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Anti-bullying events held across AXA

A series of events promoting Dignity at Work have been held at sites across the AXA UK operation this week, notably at Basingstoke, Bolton, Ipswich (pictured below) and Morecambe.

We’d like to thank the efforts of all the workplace reps involved and the staff who took the opportunity to discuss bullying at work issues with them.

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Dignity at Work

This week Unite in AXA are promoting the Dignity at Work initiative, a project jointly funded by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Unite the Union to tackle workplace bullying.

AXA is one of a number of companies that has signed up to the initiative and we are taking the opportunity to remind employees of the project and the main issues around bullying in the workplace.

When considering the issue of workplace bullying it is not only important that we all not only look to stop bullying and support victims, but also consider our own behaviours.  It is all to easy in a stressful workplace environment with challenging targets to be met to take our eye off the ball and behave in an inappropriate manner. With this in mind we have produced a newsletter with suggestions on how we can turn bullying behaviour into best workplace practice and make AXA a better place to work in.

Click here to read the newsletter.

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