The Medieval Academy is committed to
providing all employees a healthy and safe work environment. The Medieval
Academy will ensure that procedures exist to allow complaints of bullying to be
dealt with and resolved within the Medieval Academy, without limiting any
person’s entitlement to pursue resolution of their complaint with the relevant
statutory authority. The Medieval Academy is committed to the elimination of
all forms of bullying.
This policy applies to all employees of the
Medieval Academy. It applies during normal working hours, at work related or
sponsored functions, and while traveling on work related business. There will
be no recriminations for anyone who in good faith alleges bullying.
Bullying is unwelcome or unreasonable
behavior that demeans, intimidates or humiliates people either as individuals
or as a group. Bullying behavior is often persistent and part of a pattern, but
it can also occur as a single incident. It is usually carried out by an
individual but can also be an aspect of group behavior (see "mobbing” below).
Some examples of bullying behavior are:
and offensive language
rumor and innuendo
of work and achievements
Manipulating the work environment
people from normal work interaction
blaming for mistakes
people up for failure
or disregarding opinions or suggestions
Context is important in understanding bullying, particularly
verbal communication. There is a difference between friendly insults exchanged
by long-time work colleagues and comments that are meant to be, or are taken
as, demeaning. While care should be exercised, particularly if a person is
reporting alleged bullying as a witness, it is better to be genuinely mistaken
than to let actual bullying go unreported.
Mobbing is a particular type of bullying
behavior carried out by a group rather than by an individual. Mobbing is the
bullying or social isolation of a person through collective unjustified
accusations, humiliation, general harassment or emotional abuse. Although it is
group behavior, specific incidents such as an insult or a practical joke may be
carried out by an individual as part of mobbing behavior.
Bullying is unacceptable behavior because it
breaches principles of equality and fairness, and it frequently represents an
abuse of power and authority. It also has potential consequences for everyone
For those being bullied
People who have been bullied often suffer
from a range of stress-related illness. They can lose confidence and withdraw
from contact with people outside the workplace as well as at work. Their work
performance can suffer, and they are at increased risk of workplace injury.
For the employer
Besides potential legal liabilities, the
employer can also suffer because bullying can lead to:
in the quality of work
communication and teamwork
confidence in the employer leading to lack of commitment to the job
For others at the workplace
People who witness bullying behaviors can
also have their attitudes and work performance affected. They can suffer from
feelings of guilt that they did nothing to stop the bullying, and they can
become intimidated and perform less efficiently fearing that they may be the
next to be bullied.
Managers and supervisors
that all employees are aware of the anti-bullying policy and procedures
that any incident of bullying is dealt with regardless of whether a complaint
of bullying has been received
leadership and role-modeling in appropriate professional behavior
promptly, sensitively and confidentially to all situations where bullying
behavior is observed or alleged to have occurred
familiar with and behave according to this policy
are a witness to bullying, report incidents to the Executive Director or
President, as appropriate
speak to the alleged bully(ies) to object to the behavior
employee who feels he or she has been victimized by bullying is encouraged to
report the matter to the Executive Director or President.
appropriate, an investigation will be undertaken and disciplinary measures will
be taken as necessary.