Bullying is rife in the workplace, claims new survey
Bullying including shouting, shoving, intimidation and threatening behaviour has been witnessed or suffered by almost six in 10 people at work, a survey claims.
In a survey of 2,000 workers, 37% said they had been bullied while another 21% said they had seen bullying being inflicted on a workmate.
Tight deadlines, personality clashes and office politics often caused tensions to run high but just 48% of workers said they did anything about the bullying, according to the survey commissioned by employment law specialists Slater and Gordon.
In fact, 10% feared they would lose their job if they complained, while 23% did not think it was their responsibility to say anything. In addition, 33% of workers said they felt too awkward to speak out about the bullying while 26% said it as part of the culture of where they worked. Seeing workmates sworn at was witnessed by 52% of those questioned while 25.3% said they had seen a colleague being deliberately humiliated by a bully. The bullying was disguised as "workplace banter" in 56% of cases while 68% said the behaviour was "subtle", such as leaving a colleague out of work events, according to the survey.
Bullying had also reduced 21% of workers to tears, the survey found.