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Tackling Bullying in the Workplace Event

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with dignity at work and to be in an environment where all can feel respected, valued, and make the most of their hard work and talents. Unfortunately, many PDA members report that they face bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Fri 2nd September 2022 The PDA

Bullying in the workplace can either be a one-off incident, or a persistent pattern of offensive, intimidating, humiliating behaviour. This behaviour attempts to undermine an individual or group of employees.

Over the past 12 months, the PDA has surveyed members across hospital and community sectors using the HSE Stress and Wellbeing survey. Over 2,250 pharmacists responded, and the PDA is still using the information gathered to ensure our actions make a difference to the working lives of pharmacists.

Bullying and harassment in the workplace were issues raised by hundreds of pharmacists who responded. Over 20% of respondents said they’d experienced bullying and nearly 40% said they’d experienced personal harassment in the form of unkind words or behaviour.

Many employees are unaware of the employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business, including locums. This includes taking actions to remove the risk of bullying in the workplace and protect them from all forms of harassment.

The PDA strives to ensure the actions we take to improve the working lives of our members are informed by the pharmacists we protect. The PDA is pleased to announce that they are launching a toolkit which will allow pharmacists to better understand their rights at work in relation to bullying and harassment, and to empower them to take steps to improve working conditions.

This PDA event will launch the new PDA toolkit, which includes a bullying fact sheet and bullying and harassment incident diary. The PDA will examine the key areas of employment law around bullying and harassment, the steps that should be taken if bullying and harassment is taking place at work, and the support which is available for PDA members.

Date: Thursday 22 September 2022

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Price: FREE

This event is open to all PDA pharmacists and trainee pharmacist members. This PDA member-exclusive event will take place via Microsoft Teams. PDA members who would like to register for this event can do so below. Those experiencing bullying and harassment at work, can contact their PDA Workplace Rep for support. The PDA enquiry line is also available to PDA members so they can receive professional advice on bullying and harassment in the workplace, contact the PDA Service Centre here. 

PDA members who would like to register for this event can do so below:


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