DATED 10th May 2022
It is the purpose of our role to deliver an exceptional customer service to all our customers, whether that be residents,
leaseholders, or clients. We understand that managing people’s homes requires dealing with customers that have an emotional investment and this can sometimes cause distress and make dealing with
customers difficult. We are prepared and have tools to enable us to ease such conversations and provide effective resolutions to these problems.
Occasionally however, there may be instances when we deal with an individual whose behaviour is considered unreasonable.
We have a duty to ensure that our staff are properly protected, in accordance with our health and safety obligations and our general responsibility to safeguard their welfare. We do not expect our
staff to tolerate unreasonable behaviour.
What is unreasonable behaviour?
Unreasonable behaviour is any behaviour that is deemed unacceptable, the various forms of which are detailed below. We do
not view behaviour as unreasonable just because a person is forceful or determined. However, we do consider behaviour that results in unreasonable demands of our staff, or unreasonably distresses our
staff, to be unacceptable.
Wherever possible, we will give the person the opportunity to change their behaviour or action before a decision is
taken. In the event that action needs to be taken to deal with unreasonable behaviour, we will make a detailed note of events, including the unreasonable behaviour and any action taken to mitigate
it. This will be recorded in a central register and will be done as soon as possible after the event.
Forms of unreasonable behaviour
We deem the following behaviour to be unacceptable when liaising with our staff:
- Rudeness – swearing (generally or directed at a
member of staff), persistent interruption, name calling or general discourtesy.
- Anger – in volume or tone of voice, such as
- Aggressive behaviour – threats of physical harm to
person(s) or property; behaviour which indicates that physical harm to person(s) or property is imminent or actual physical aggression.
- Being unreasonably persistent – for example,
ringing frequently to raise points already addressed; sending voluminous repetitive or irrelevant emails or letters; (Note that there is no set period for being unreasonably persistent as the nature
of the persistence will inevitably vary. However, depending on the circumstances, we will consider whether a person is being unreasonably persistent by assessing the frequency of persistence over a
period of 3 months).
- Insulting or disparaging remarks or comments –
especially on the grounds of an individual’s sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, belief or age.
- Inflammatory remarks or personal remarks
directed at staff
These are examples and not a definitive list of unacceptable behaviours. There are other behaviours not included in the
above which may constitute unacceptable behaviour.
Dealing with unreasonable behaviour
We may choose to deal with unreasonable behaviour by any of the following means:
- Call Termination - Where a person behaves
unreasonably during a telephone call to a member of staff, we will ask them to change their behaviour. If they persist in behaving unreasonably, we will warn them that we will terminate the call. If
they persist further, we will follow that through. The staff member who terminates the call may report this to a senior figure within the company, and a written note of the telephone conversation
will be made and logged.
- Limiting Contact - Where a person is unreasonably
persistent, for example by telephoning us several times a day for a number of days in succession, or by sending us voluminous or repetitive emails or letters, we will ask them to reduce their contact
with the office to that which is absolutely essential. If our request is ignored, we will take steps to limit their contact with the office. Such steps might include requiring contact in a particular
form – for example by letter only; requiring telephone contact on specified days or at specified times; or insisting that contact is only made with specific staff member(s) or through a third party
to contact us on the persons behalf.
- Terminating Contact - In exceptional
circumstances, we may refuse to have further contact with individuals who are unreasonably persistent or abusive. Where we put limitations on contact with the office, this will be sanctioned by a
senior figure within the company.
- Informing the Authorities - Where we receive
threats against individual staff members/voluntary advisers or office property, immediate action may be taken including informing the police or other emergency services.
Through the above measures, we have taken steps to recognise and safeguard our staff from unreasonable