Bullying at work is rife with one in five affected

first_imgBullying at work is rife with one in five affectedOn 8 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. More than one in five employees have been bullied at work at least onceduring the past year. This is one of the main findings of a survey of more than 3,500 staff in theUK by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, and if consistent would mean 1.5million workers suffered some form of bullying at work last year. The study also reveals that almost one in 10 employees report they have beenbullied on several occasions, while 2 per cent say they have been bullied sixor more times in the past year. Patrick Gilbert, head of organisational research and effectiveness atMercer, said: “At first glance, these numbers appear to be relatively low,but when extrapolated to the UK workforce, we are talking about vast amounts ofpeople. These findings indicate that well over 1.5 million workers could be thevictims of repeated bullying at work.” Bullying isn’t confined simply to employees lower down the organisationalhierarchy. The study finds that 24 per cent of middle managers and 17 per centof senior managers said they had been bullied at least once in the past year. Gilbert said: “The high rate of bullying among managers is a particulararea of concern. If managers are the victims of bullying, they are more likelyto bully the people they manage. The high rate of bullying across allorganisational levels indicates how entrenched this dysfunctional practice isin UK organisations.” There are few differences in the rate of bullying reported across age groupsor size of organisation. The study also finds that men and women are equally likely to report thatthey have been bullied during the past year. By Ross Wighamwww.mercerhr.com Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more