Dignity at Work Charter
Today we have launched the MHI charter for Dignity at work. The charter has been signed off by senior management and will be displayed on notice boards and other prominent areas through the business. We have a legal and moral responsibility to provide a safe place of work, free from all forms of bullying and harassment (including sexual harassment) and this charter is our commitment to providing this environment. This charter underpins and supports our existing Bullying and Harassment policy and our anti-discrimination, equal opportunities and dignity at work policy.
The Employment Equality Acts outlaws harassment of persons across any of the nine equality grounds (civil status, family status, race, age, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability or membership of the travelling community), while the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires employers to ensure the safety, health and welfare of employees.
Definition of bullying
Workplace bullying is repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity at work.
Definition of harassment
Sexual harassment is defined as any form of verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the person. The unwanted conduct may consist of acts, requests, spoken words, gestures or the production, display, or circulation of written words, pictures or other material.
Harassment on the grounds of civil status, family status, race, gender, age, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or membership of the travelling community is any unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the person. The unwanted conduct may consist of acts, requests, spoken words, gestures or the production, display or circulation of written words, pictures or other material.
- Provide an environment free from bullying and harassment and where individuals are protected against victimization.
- Provide an informal and formal complaints procedure.
- Investigate all complaints in a timely manner.
- Monitor situations of suspected breaches to company policy
- Be aware of the company policies.
- Be aware of who to contact. (Supervisor, Manager, Department Manager, HR department).
- Conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
- Raise any concerns/complaints of bullying and harassment.
The Charter will be displayed in prominent areas on MHI’s sites and there will be on A3 size framed charters displayed in the reception areas in Kindrum, CISF, Rinmore and Cork.