New Body Launched To Tackle Bullying & Harassment In The Hospitality Sector Restaurants, kitchens and bars. They’re high pressure environments with high staff turnover, long hours and difficult work, which can all lead to tensions between employees and colleagues. Occasionally an apology and management intervention might dissolve a tricky situation; but if it doesn’t and the situation is apparent day in, day out, it can lead to harassment and bullying.
This is unacceptable, and a new group are taking a stand against this behaviour. Hospitality Speaks is set to launch at the end of March, spearheaded by food journalist Victoria Stewart and restaurant PR Hannah Norris.
The London Evening Standard food columnist Victoria Stewart, who is launching the platform designed to raise awareness of the problem, said she had spent a year interviewing workers “across the board” at food and drink outlets after hearing anecdotes about the poor treatment of staff.
The body will platform the issues by publishing them without the names of the author, the businesses and the names of anyone accused.
Stewart said she had learned of countless incidents against both men and women, having spoken to people at all levels across the industry. Some staff also said they had experienced racial abuse from members of the public. Speaking to UK food website, Eater, she said: “B
y promoting those who do good work, the hope is that what seems normal to some and radical to others, becomes commonplace across the sector. By nurturing, training, and listening, ultimately business owners will not only protect but also retain its staff.”
Learning how to dissolve bullying and harassment in the workplace before it turns into a longstanding issue, is essential. It can save you lots of hours spent on HR & recruitment in the future, so it’s essential you get this right. Here at ELAS, we offer different courses for you and your staff, which will enable you to stamp out the issue before it spreads. Additionally if you have any employee discrimination, harassment or contentious situations you would like to receive a second opinion on, as well as advice and support, then our legal experts are here to help.