Workplace ‘banter’ is a part of everyday life that can have a positive effect on bonding and creating a fun workplace. However, it can become a real minefield for businesses to navigate and know what to do when banter goes too far and leads to complaints of bullying or harassment. There can be a fine line between good-natured humour and causing offence. Often in cases of harassment, the perpetrator will often say that their comments were just a bit of banter or meant as a joke.
Delivered by Alison Blackler from 2Minds and Andy Cross from ConcentricHR, this discussion will give you real case insights into how banter when it goes too far can create an unhealthy working culture or at worse becomes hidden due to employees not knowing who to talk to or fearing repercussions if they make a complaint.
We will share the legal context of what constitutes harassment in the workplace and how workplace banter directly and indirectly can contribute to complaints that if not properly dealt with, are likely to end up in a tribunal claim.
Come and find out more so that you can safeguard your business and your employees.
A new study into banter by the Institute of Leadership & Management shows that banter needs to be addressed by employers as much as full-scale harassment and bullying does The Banter: Just a bit of fun or crossing the line? report surveyed more than 1,000 people and found that 4% have left a job because of negative banter. The report also found that women are twice as likely as men to have been negatively affected by workplace banter, with one in 10 women citing it as a cause of mental health issues.