Nearly a third of people have been the victims of bullying at work, according to the results of a new survey.
Research published by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) shows that 29% of people have been bullied at work, with women (34%) more likely to be victims than men (23%).
The effects of bullying at work are dire and can have a devastating impact on a person’s health and performance at work.
Nearly half (46%) of respondents to the survey, carried out by YouGov between 25 and 26 October, said it had affected their ability at work.
More than a quarter (28%) of victims said bullying had a negative effect on their mental health, while 22% had to take time off work.
In 72% of cases the bully is a manager and 36% of people who said they had been bullied at work were forced to quit their job because of it.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “There is no place for bullies in the modern workplace.
“Bullying causes stress and anxiety and can have long-term effects on victims’ physical and mental health. No one should have to leave their job because of bullying.
“If bullies are allowed to dominate a workplace, wider office morale and productivity suffers too. Employers must have a zero-tolerance policy. Too many are simply ignoring bullying behaviour and failing to support staff.
“Union reps play a crucial role in stopping bullying. We need strong unions in the workplace to combat unacceptable behaviour and protect workers.
“Anyone worried about bullying at work should join a union, to get their voice heard and their interests represented.”
The figures have been published to mark the start of anti-bullying week. TUC is urging victims to take proactive steps to address the issue of workplace bullying.
TUC has published new guidance with advice on what people should do if the are bullied in the workplace.
- talk to someone and get some support
- keep a diary of the bullying
- if you can, tell the bully that you find their behaviour unacceptable and ask them to stop
- tell your manager (or more senior manager) and show your evidence
- join a union, so you’re better protected at work
- always take a union rep or a friend with you to any meetings about a formal complaint.
YouGov surveyed 1,738 adults and the results were weighted to provide an accurate representation of all workers in Great Britain.