The risk of bullying in the workplace should be assessed by employers, one expert has said.
A risk assessment should be conducted to discover whether remarks when made in jest are still upsetting to some employees, employment law specialist Peter Done told online resource ProfessionalBroking.co.uk.
He warned: "Should you receive a complaint, take the accusation seriously and act upon the details presented to you; in no way should you ignore this allegation."
Mr Done stated that if bullying is present in the office then it should not be tolerated by bosses.
"Reasonably practical" steps to address the issues should be taken by employers - and these should be actions that can be proved - in order to limit the potential liability.
Work-related stress can arise from bullying in the workplace if it is not resolved by bosses, according to the Health and Safety Executive.