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A member of staff who feels that s/he is being subjected to unacceptable behaviour, for example bullying or harassment, should if possible approach the other party informally, in a constructive manner, at the earliest opportunity, explain that they perceive their behaviour to be unacceptable and that they would like them to alter this.  The approach may be made in person or in writing.  The staff member should give specific examples of the unwanted behaviour, and explain why this has made them feel uncomfortable.  In many cases this may resolve the issue without any further action being taken and it may be possible to agree a constructive way of working in the future. 

The complainant may seek support in formulating what s/he wants to say, either in writing or verbally to the other person, from a number of sources including a Dignity @ Work Contact or their HR Business Manager/Adviser.