Code of Conduct

We’ve developed our own Code of Conduct© workshop to help organisations become more effective at dealing with dignity at work, harassment, bullying and discrimination in the workplace. The idea behind it is to stop negative behaviours before they start.

It’s about getting people to think about their actions at work and how they relate to everyone around them by developing skills, like listening, honesty, support, keeping an open mind, and not being judgemental.

Dignity at work

Since 2011, it’s been more important than ever to promote dignity at work. That means thinking about others, and what actions or words are acceptable and which aren’t. Everyone you come into contact with at work, whether they’re colleagues, customers or suppliers must be treated with respect, and not be subject to anything they’ll find offensive.

We’ll show you how your actions could be seen as workplace bullying or harassment, and how they could cause offence, even if it’s not intended that way.

Protected characteristics in the workplace

  • Gender.
  • Gender reassignment.
  • Pregnancy and maternity.
  • Marriage and civil partnerships.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Race.
  • Disability.
  • Religion or belief.
  • Age.

A changing workplace

The workplace has changed dramatically in the last forty years. Where it was previously dominated by white males mainly concerned with their salaries, today’s places of work are far more diverse. People are interested in their work-life balance and flexible packages than a salary, and want to be developed and engaged at work.

Managing this type of workforce requires a different set of skills too. So we’ll show you how to do this with up-to-date performance and management models, developing your listening skills and not relying the old-fashioned ‘one size fits all’ model of management.

Managers also need to have strong interpersonal skills and be aware of the diverse nature of their teams, including different generations with different priorities.

One often-overlooked skill they need to develop is recognising the potentially damaging character types within their teams. A code of conduct will help deal with these people to show them how their behaviour isn’t acceptable and could cause offence or discriminate against others by spreading gossip and rumours whether it’s done deliberately or unintentionally.

These characters include:

The Gossip
The Joker
The Saboteur
The Bully
The Bigot

These characters will usually be the ones who maliciously cause offence, while the ones below are more likely to do so unintentionally:

The Follower
The Watcher
The Supporter
The ‘It’s got not nothing to do with me’.
The Dislikes the bully but now shows support
The Defender

What happens if you get it wrong?

Setting up a code of conduct in your organisation is really important. Without it, you could be at risk of low morale, greater absence and sickness levels, high employee turnover, and a host of other factors that could lead to a loss of productivity. Worse still, your organisation could be at risk of legal action.

We’ll show you how you can stop that happening by having a code of conduct in place that everyone understands, and how your leaders can promote it.

Attitude is everything

The key to our Code of Conduct is your attitude. We’ll show you how your attitude affects everything in your working life, from the way you are towards others to the way others see you. Challenging others’ attitude can have a massive impact in the workplace, and help you prevent conflict, harassment and bullying.

The Just Libra Code of Conduct for your organisation

Just Libra’s Code of Conduct can be individually designed for your organisation. It can be adapted towards particular groups of workers from tradesmen to senior leaders. The same rules apply to everyone – they just need to be delivered a little bit differently sometimes.

If you fancy a chat about our Code of Conduct and how it can work for your organisation, just give us a call on 01928 726969. Or you can send us an email if you prefer.