The worlds of the media, arts and entertainments are often seen as glamorous, however a survey of 4,000 workers revealed these industries were "hotspots" of bullying. More than half of those questioned said they had been bullied, harassed or discriminated against at work.
The survey commissioned by the Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU)* was launched at the end of 2013 at an event for members in London. Those who took part in the survey ranged from household names, top screenwriters and performers to those at the beginning of their careers.
The results showed shocking levels of ill-treatment and inappropriate behaviour and a culture of silence, with only a third of those suffering bullying and harassment reporting the incidents. Eight out of 10 women who reported bullying, harassment and discrimination said their gender was a factor.
In response, the FEU produced a set of guidelines for union reps to help them deal with the problem. A code of conduct for the creative industries was drawn up: http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/Campaign/Respect-at-Work
This year the Creating without Conflict campaign is focusing on good practice within the industry and is bringing together representatives from companies and organisations at an event on Wednesday 16 November: Positive Strategies for Resolving Conflict.
There will be speakers from the CLORE Leadership Foundation, the UK's first cross-disciplinary leadership programme for the cultural and creative sector, the BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra who will be discussing examples of good practice.
The FEU invites you and/or a suitable member of your staff (two places maximum) to take part in working groups which will open up a frank discussion on the topic, looking at specific examples and sharing solutions.
Venue: the Brady Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU. Date: Wednesday 16 November.
* The Federation of Entertainment Unions comprises BECTU, Equity, Musicians' Union, National Union of Journalists, Professional Footballers' Association, Writers' Guild and Unite.