The RBA has a modern 6 berth caravan at Ladram Bay Holiday Park, Devon that members are able to rent at an excellent discounted weekly rate. This caravan was purchased for two purposes, being to raise investment income (under advice from our accountants), and to use that income to provide, where possible, benevolent recuperative breaks for members.
The holiday park has excellent facilities, which can be seen at:
Further details can be provided by contacting Sarah Thomas, Office Manager:
· by email - Sarah@the-rba.org, or
· By phone/text - 07836 581406
Bullying is not big, and it is not clever. There is no place for it anywhere, and certainly not in the workplace.
“Mental Health Awareness Week” ran from 14 to 20 May 2018, and was successful in raising awareness around the country via TV, the internet, and the press. This is a subject that this union supports strongly, and continues to support throughout the year. The RBA currently has four Mental Health First Aiders (see below), and recently all Delegates attending our annual conference attended a course to raise their awareness.
Some enlightened employers, too, have done a lot to raise awareness, and have trained Mental Health First Aiders within their organisations. The reality is that all employees are likely to suffer with their mental health during their working lives; as they juggle work alongside their ever changing personal and family commitments.
SPOTTING THE SIGNS
Mental health problems affect people in different ways. The Mental Health Foundation identifies three particular common signs in the workplace:
1. emotional: employees may seem irritable, sensitive to criticism, seem to lose their sense of humour.
2. cognitive: an employee may make more mistakes than usual, indecisiveness and an inability to concentrate. Look out for sudden or unusual decreases in performance.
3. behavioural: begins arriving late, taking unofficial days off, not hitting deadlines and generally acting out of character.
Remember! Spotting some of these signs does not automatically mean there is an underlying mental health issue. Instead, understanding the signs and talking to the person will mean you are taking proactive steps to support his/her workplace wellbeing.
BULLYING will always affect one’s health and well-being, and it should be stopped immediately. This Union’s Officers and Officials are committed to challenging any bully – particularly in order to prevent mental ill health, rather than to spot the signs when it may already be too late.
Bullying in the workplace is most often “top down” but can occasionally occur between colleagues.
TOP DOWN BULLYING may often be disguised or excused as “firm management”, and “necessary to meet the needs of the business”. Giving reasonable instructions to subordinates is fine, making unreasonable demands is not;
· Overloading workloads and setting unrealistic deadlines;
· Saying “If you don’t like it here, there’s the door”;
· Embarrassing or humiliating employees in public, in front of colleagues, or via WhatsApp, other social media, or broadcast emails;
· Accompanying demands with threats;
are all the tactics of a bully.
Threatening behaviour is classed as gross misconduct in ACAS guidelines and in most employers’ disciplinary procedures.
IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF THIS SORT OF BEHAVIOUR, OR IF YOU WITNESS OTHERS BEING BULLIED, THEN YOU REALLY DO NEED TO SPEAK UP. We appreciate that this can be difficult, and there will be concern that it could make things worse. It will not. Things will only get worse if bullying goes unchallenged.
We are asking anyone who reads this, not just our members, to contact us if they wish to talk to us in total confidence. We can be contacted from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week –
David Pickles, RBA President, on 07836 295287
In addition, John Threadgold, RBA Delegate and Mental Health First Aider, can be contacted via our Central Office.