Prevention undesirable behaviour is a key factor for a successful business. Undesirable behaviour can have damaging effects on your employees' morale, confidence, productivity and safety. To ensure a safe and respectful working environment, it is important to nip any form of undesirable behaviour in the bud before it escalates unnecessarily. In this article, we show how undesirable behaviour in the workplace can be preventively prevented by engaging an external confidential counsellor.
The importance of preventing unwanted behaviour
Inappropriate behaviour covers things from bullying, sexual harassment, discriminatory remarks to physical violence. It is any action considered hostile or offensive in nature that can cause distress to individuals or groups of people within your organisation. It is essential that companies recognise that prevention is far better than cure when it comes to undesirable behaviour in the workplace. By taking steps to prevent such occurrences, you not only save financial loss, but also protect employees from physical and emotional harm. Inappropriate behaviour has a negative impact on employee productivity. Cross-border behaviour also contributes to absenteeism in the workplace. Research by Arbobalans from 2020 shows that work-related psychological complaints account for 64% of the 6 billion in absenteeism costs.
Prevention of undesirable behaviour with Bureau Punt Uit
The first step in preventing unwanted behaviour is to recognise potential triggers in your workplace that could lead to negative interactions between colleagues or employees. This includes creating an environment where everyone respects each other, regardless of gender, race or religion. Clear policies and procedures regarding acceptable behaviour can help ensure that all employees are aware of their rights and responsibilities when it comes to appropriate behaviour at work.
By appointing an external confidential advisor, you make undesirable behaviour negotiable. With a subscription to Bureau Punt Uit for your company, you not only have an external confidential advisor available 24/7, but we also offer extras that contribute to the prevention of undesirable behaviour in the workplace. See here the possibilities.
Help platform for employees
To best guide your employees in recognising undesirable behaviour in the workplace, we have developed a help platform. This platform is Praatuit.nl. If you subscribe to Bureau Punt Uit, you will receive a unique URL of this help platform. On this website, your employees can find information on all types of undesirable behaviour. Our professionals provide tips on how to recognise and resolve cross-border behaviour in the workplace. The platform serves as a handle for your employees. Here, they can read up on various topics at their leisure, but can also get help with a confidant if needed.
Our confidants can be reached in many different ways. For example, a physical or online appointment can be scheduled directly with a confidant via the calendar at talkout.co.uk. We also offer the possibility of a free consultation hour with a confidant. Suppose your employee is struggling with something, but is unsure whether consulting a confidant is necessary. In that case, the consultation hour is a perfect solution. If this shows that further support is needed, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled. With this consultation hour, any problems are quickly resolved. It has a de-escalating effect and can prevent unpleasant situations in the workplace.
Prevention of undesirable behaviour - Early Awareness Tool
One of our most effective tools for getting ahead of undesirable behaviour in the workplace is the Early Awareness Tool. Our website detects user behaviour on our help platform Talk Out.co.uk, before a report is actually made. This helps us and you to get ahead of potential "unspoken behaviour". For privacy reasons, this information will not be shared directly, but it may trigger an information email on a specific topic. We will send this e-mail to our contact within your organisation, with the idea that it will be forwarded to all employees within your company. Thus, once every so often, attention is paid to relevant topics regarding undesirable behaviour. The purpose of such an email is to make it discussable. This keeps the appointed confidential advisor within your organisation top of mind among your employees. Then, should a situation arise where they want to make a report, they will know who to turn to.
Prevention of undesirable behaviour - Bureau Punt Uit game
Discussing the boundaries of yourself and your colleagues helps prevent unwanted behaviour. For example, what is teasing for one person is bullying for another. By discussing such topics with colleagues, you find out about each other's boundaries. With this in mind, we have developed the Bureau Punt Uit game. This game makes all kinds of examples of undesirable behaviour open to discussion. What is acceptable? What cannot? By playing this game together, you deal with issues that you might otherwise never discuss with each other. The game starts an important conversation among colleagues and will get employees thinking. In our opinion, this is a very important first step in preventing undesirable behaviour.
Protecting your business preventively too?
It is important that employers take effective measures to prevent any form of undesirable behaviour within their organisation before things get out of hand. Through proper discussions with colleagues and the appointment of external confidential counsellors, companies can preventively protect their employees. If you would also like to preventively protect your company from undesirable behaviour at work, do not hesitate and take contact with us! We will be happy to tell you more about our services, so that together we can ensure that your organisation stays one step ahead when it comes to preventing future undesirable behaviour.
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