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Dignity at Work

Dignity at work while working at the Institute of Ophthalmology

The Institute of Ophthalmology fosters a positive cultural climate where all staff and students can flourish and be their authentic selves. The Dignity at Work policy protects staff and students from unacceptable behaviour. Support and advice is available for staff and students experiencing or witnessing bullying, harassment or discrimination.

Code of Conduct

All staff and students are expected to behave according to the Institute’s Code of Conduct. This upholds UCL policies that ensure a workplace free from bullying, intimidation, harassment or victimization, and that we all are treated with dignity, respect and courtesy.

All staff and students are responsible for ensuring that they behave in an appropriate manner, showing respect for each other and anyone working alongside or engaged with the UCL community.

If you feel you are being bullied or harassed, you should take action by speaking to someone: a friend, colleague, your line manager, or anyone on the poster.

 

 

“Many people delay seeking advice. They often finish the first meeting with a comment such as ‘I wish I had spoken to someone about this sooner.”

(Dr Caroline Selai, Dignity at Work Advisor)

What to do if you witness bullying or harassment behaviour: “Doing nothing condones harassment – protecting a bully is not a strategy for protecting the department or institution” Consult our Guidelines for Bystanders to help make the first step.

 

 What to do if you are a manager of someone who reports bullying or harassment behaviour: you can take some simple steps to help – see Guidelines for Managers. Managers have particular responsibility for setting standards and ensuring appropriate workplace behaviours are maintained. They should set a good example and ensure concerns raised are acted upon.

 

If you have experienced any form of sexual violence or would like some information on how and where to get help, please contact Jacqui van der Spuy (graduate tutor, see contact on the right hand bar) or refer to the information pack below.  

 

Dignity at Work

All employees and students are entitled to:

  • a workplace free from bullying, intimidation, harassment or victimisation
  • be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy
  • experience no form of unlawful discrimination
  • be valued for their skills and abilities

All staff and students are responsible for ensuring that they behave in an appropriate manner, showing respect for each other and anyone working alongside or engaged with the UCL community.

Inappropriate behaviour may be verbal or written, intentional or unintentional. Comments or actions made outside the standard workplace, such as on work related social events or via social media, that impact on work can be subject to UCL disciplinary procedures.