ACAS has published Guidance, available here, that seeks to raise awareness of the cost of social exclusion in the workplace. According to the Guidance, social exclusion at work can have a negative impact on employees’ performance levels, confidence and wellbeing. The Guidance provides recommendations as to how employers can limit the negative consequences. For example, the Guidance suggests that employers have a structured conflict management strategy in place to tackle the issue.
The Guidance comes in light of CIPD research that suggests that almost two-thirds of employees consider bullying to have a social aspect, with over 91% believing that their employer is failing to sufficiently tackle the problem.