Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3b-7211
  • Harassment and bullying at work is one such topic. Defined as “unwanted conduct affecting the dignity of men and women in the workplace,” it may be related to “age, sex, race, disability, religion, nationality, or any other personal characteristic.” Complaints about such behaviours should always be taken seriously, the guide advises; unwarranted complaints are uncommon, and an investigation should not be deterred by the fact that the initial problem does not seem to fit neatly into a particular category. Bullying and harassment at work (Guidance for employers, managers, and employees) is available from ACAS Reader on 01455 852225.