Staff Guidance

Respect – Dignity at Work  

As an employer, King’s is committed to protecting the dignity of its staff in the workplace and in their interactions with others. This includes providing a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation.

The university recognises its duty of care to its staff. Inappropriate behaviour can result in stress and stress-related illness, and potentially resignation. All staff, and especially those who have responsibility for other members of staff, share this duty of care. The university therefore expects all members of the institution’s community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration. All staff have the right to expect professional behaviour from others, and have a corresponding responsibility to behave professionally towards others.  Vigorous speech and comment, academic debate and legitimate management of performance of staff can be distinguished from bullying behaviour. However, care should be taken to ensure that members of staff are not made to feel intimidated.

Dignity at work  can also be an equality issue and UK legislation provides specific protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation on a variety of grounds. The university recognises that to work effectively staff need an environment in which they are respected and valued for their contributions.

Report – Do you want to take action? 

If a member of staff believes they have been treated in a way which compromises their dignity, or they feel uncomfortable as a result of the behaviour of another member of staff, they may wish to have an informal, open and honest discussion with the individual(s) concerned. In many cases, all that will be needed is an explanation that the behaviour is damaging or hurtful, followed by an apology.

Should members of staff wish to raise a grievance, procedures exist for academic and research, teaching and professional services staff.  Any reports made about harassment, bullying or other inappropriate behaviour will be considered thoroughly and without delay, according to the:

Grievance Procedure: Research, Teaching-only and Professional Services Staff

Regulation Pertaining to the Grievance Procedure for Academic Staff

Where appropriate, disciplinary action may be taken against instigators of bullying, harassment or victimisation.
If you are a manager and want to register your interest in receiving training in handling grievances raised by members of staff, please email od@kcl.ac.uk

Alternatively, if you simply  want to inform the university about an incident and do not want to be identified, you can submit an anonymous report. If you choose to report anonymously the university will not be able to offer direct advice or begin an official  procedure.

Support – Do you need to talk someone for help?  

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provides independent expert advice on both home and work concerns for staff at King’s. The EAP is a professional service and provide practical information, fact sheets and packs, referrals to services in the local area and services such as short- term telephone counselling.