Acas research shows increase in workplace bullying

2015-11-30 chris posted:

Acas has published a paper looking at the latest research on workplace bullying. The research reveals an increase in bullying and that 20,000 calls were received by Acas relating to bullying over the past year. The paper includes sections on defining bullying and ill-treatment, the causes of bullying and the appropriate responses to it in the workplace.

Bullying and harassment is any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. The Acas helpline has received around 20,000 calls related to bullying and harassment over the past year with some callers reporting that workplace bullying caused them to self-harm or consider suicide.

Acas' analysis revealed that bullying is on the rise in Britain and it is more likely to be found in organisations that have poor workplace climates where this type of behaviour can become institutionalised. Callers to the Acas helpline have experienced some horrific incidents around bullying that have included humiliation, ostracism, verbal and physical abuse. Acas reports that managers sometimes dismiss accusations around bullying as simply personality or management style clashes whilst others may recognise the problem but lack the confidence or skills to deal with it.

The analysis showed that representative surveys of workplaces, health and safety representatives and employees all show that workplace bullying and ill-treatment is growing in Britain. It also showed that there are more incidences of bullying within certain groups such as public sector minority ethnic workers; women in traditionally male-dominated occupations; workers with disabilities or long-term health problems; lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender people; and workers in health care.

For more information, advice or guidance about Bullying and Harassment at work, contact us today on 01225 632240 or at info@renneyandco.com.

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