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"The Bridge" - Managing Workplace Bullying

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 27 February 2019
  • Time(s)
    From 2:30 pm (registration from 2.00pm)
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

About the event

According to the Health and Safety Authority employers have a duty of care to all employees, to ensure they are both mentally and physically safe at work and that their health is not adversely affected.  The HSA states that workplace bullying is a health and safety issue as bullying has been identified as hazardous; potentially leading to both safety problems and health problems.  It can also often lead to IR, HR and legal problems. 

Theatre at Work is pleased to present a programme on workplace bullying that gives you greater understanding of this issue and advice on how to manage it effectively.  Through facilitated discussion and live interaction this session will challenge your thinking; exploring the human factors and biases often at play.

Bullying can have devastating consequences for victims and also for organisational effectiveness.  The World Health Organisation Healthy Workplaces model discusses leadership engagement and this workshop encourages organisations to engage with the issue.  Originally commissioned by the HSA for their National Conference on Workplace Health our case-study is inspired by real events, experiences in occupational psychology and research on organisational culture. 

Who Should Attend

The event is suitable for delegates from all sectors and will be of particular interest to those responsible for: 

  • Human Resources
  • Cultural Change
  • Health and Safety
  • Team Management
  • Training and Development

The format used is proven with participants at all levels.  The programme can be adapted for any organisation, group or audience from leadership to frontline teams. 

Event Outcomes

  • Develop greater understanding of the human and organisational factors that can be involved in workplace bullying
  • Gain insights into effective engagement with the issue and the supports available to manage it
  • Examine your own role in influencing, creating or maintaining a culture where workers are protected from psychosocial, health and safety risks

This session overcomes a key challenge in changing behaviour and culture; it enables awareness, engagement and ultimately ownership.   Advice on HSA support and codes of practice is also available.

About the Facilitator

Annette Tierney, Design and Delivery, Theatre at Work

For almost 20 years Annette has used innovative learning and development techniques in areas such as leadership, culture change, commercial skills and behavioural safety.  A marketing graduate and currently a student of psychology, Annette has also worked as a professional actor in Irish theatre and television.  Since training with the originators of the ‘forum theatre’ method in New York, she has adapted the process to create transformational learning events for organisations in the corporate, public and voluntary sectors.  

Based in Ireland, her work in organisational culture, health and behavioural safety has also taken her to Europe, Asia and the US delivering programmes for clients in a range of sectors including education, retail, pharmaceuticals, construction, manufacturing, finance, utilities, oil and gas, nuclear energy and transportation.

Theatre is a powerful medium by which to convey information, stimulate awareness and enable understanding.  Theatre-based techniques give participants valuable insights into workplace behaviour, including their own.  

More information can be found at

About the Guest Speaker

Patricia Murray, Organisational Psychologist, Health and Safety Authority

Patricia is a professional work psychologist with responsibility for the improvement of workplace systems in employee wellbeing, stress, mental health and safety. 

Within this national remit, Patricia manages a range of activities: she provides expertise on behalf of the HSA for issues related to workplace mental health and improved behavioural approaches to safe work engagement; she manages the Authority’s work-related stress programme, workplace bullying programme and associated human factors issues – risk behaviour, learning orientation and safety attitude.


Free and all are welcome to attend, however booking is required for this event. Please use the link provided.

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