Employers are legally obliged by the Occupational Health and Safety Act to provide a safe working environment for employees. For example, you should pay attention to psychosocial workload (PSA). The appointment of a confidant is an opportunity to fulfil this obligation.

Metis Psychologie offers the opportunity to fulfil the role of 'external confidant' for companies, institutions and municipalities.

Why a confidant?

Every employee has the right to a safe and honest workplace. However, sometimes employees at work are confronted with forms of unwanted behavior, such as bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination and aggression. Then it is nice if an affected employee with his problems can go to a confidant.

What is a confidant?

A confidant is there for employees who have reports or complaints about unwanted behavior and integrity.

What exactly is unwanted behavior?

Unwanted behavior includes everything in the interaction and communication with each other which is perceived as offensive and which makes a person no longer feel safe in his or her workplace.

Examples of unwanted behavior

  • Sexual harassment:

Make sexually tinged comments or text messages, ask intimate questions about a person's private life, make sexually oriented gestures, grab, arm around shoulder, pinch, kiss and of course also sexual assault or rape

  • Bullying

Behavior that an employee perceived as negative and directed at one person. For example, hostile, intimidating or degrading behavior. That person can no longer defend himself against this and no longer feels safe.

  • Discrimination

Treat someone in a different way than another on the grounds of belief, political affiliation, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability or chronic illness

  • Aggression, Violence & Intimidation

Berating, insulting, kicking, punching, threatening, harassing, pressuring, threatening home and damaging property

What does 'integrity' mean?

The confidant can also be reported to suspects of wrongdoing: these are matters that damage the organisation, such as theft, abuse of power, violation of rules, not integrity.

What does a confidant do?

The counsellor takes care of the first reception of the employee who reports unwanted manners or suspicions of abuses. The confidant can 'safely' tell his story: the confidant has a duty of confidentiality. Next, the confidant and the reporter look at what his or her wishes are: is there a solution possible in the informal sphere? The counsellor can also provide guidance when reporting to the management and, if necessary, refer it to other emergency services.

IMPORTANT: The confidant always handles your report confidentially: there is a duty of confidentiality. However, there are, however, official offences or serious offences which put the confidant in a state of conscience. In that case, the name of the reporter will only be known to the confidant!

More information about unwanted behavior and the role of the confidant can be found in the video below:

If you need a conversation with a confidant, you can contact Yerma van Egeraat (M: 06 513 80 192)

Her office is located at Cherry Archerd 13 in Tiel (Westroijen Office Park). For more information see

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