Stand Up Speak Out
We want staff to feel they are part of an inclusive and supported community where they can thrive and enjoy an excellent staff experience. To achieve this, we want to empower staff to challenge all forms of unacceptable behaviour in the workplace. However, we recognise that it can be difficult to tell others how their behaviour makes you feel.
Stand Up, Speak Out is an initiative which acts as an umbrella for a range of tools to promote positive behaviours and to equip and empower staff to challenge all forms of unacceptable behaviour in the workplace.
Here is a list of resources to support the promotion of positive behaviours and challenge unacceptable behaviours in the workplace
Acceptable Behaviour at Work Policy Statement & Guidance
This policy statement and associated guidance aims to:
- Provide you with clarity about your responsibilities to ensure the respect of others
- Inform you about your rights if you feel you are not being treated with respect by other colleagues and signpost you to the tools you can use in these situations
- To encourage positive behaviour and to use informal approaches to resolve issues where possible
- To emphasise commitment to our values in respect of acceptable behaviours at work
Experiencing unacceptable behaviour – What do I do?
Please refer to our Acceptable Behaviour Flowchart (PDF, 95kB) for more information on what you can do if you are experiencing unacceptable behaviour.
Advice and support
Acceptable Workplace Behaviour Service - The University has a network of Acceptable Behaviour Supporters. They are current members of staff who provide an informal and confidential means through which you can discuss any concerns you have about behaviour in the workplace.
HR Support - Your HR Team can provide advice to staff whether you are the complainant or the person against whom a complaint is made. Support can also be provided to managers seeking to resolve issues under this guidance.
Mediation - The Mediation Service is a free, confidential and independent process that allows people to have their dispute heard and to be recognised. Mediation supports people in a 'dispute' attempt to find their own resolution to the problem.
Trade Union Representation - If you are a member of a Trade Union you may wish to approach your representative in confidence to discuss any issues related to workplace behaviours.
Staff Counselling Service - The Staff Counselling Service offers you the opprtunity to talk to someone neutral and independent, to help with personal or work-related problems.
Training and further resources
Be an UpStander (Active Bystander training)
Please see our Inclusion Essentials training for Be an Upstander (Active Bystander training). To access this please log into Develop and search for the course title 'Inclusion Essentials' in the catalogue.
Learn more about what microaggressions are, the impact they have and what you can do. See our learning and development page for more information.
Learn more about Unconcious Bias by visiting out learning and development page.
External training providers
Kindling Transformative Interventions, deliver face to face training focusing on challenging micro-incivilities - the 'little', often daily, behaviours that tend to go unnoticed by those not negatively impacted by them. Sessions aim to equip staff with the skills to challenge and transform behaviours that arise from, and sustain various forms of inequality.
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with them.
Report and Support tool
You can report something anonymously using the Report and Support tool.
Materials and resources
Print and display our Stand Up Speak Out Poster (PDF, 222kB) in your work space to help raise awareness.