Bullying In The Workplace
- the Size of the Problem
“Bullying is discrimination. Bullying
does not discriminate. We are all potential targets. Despite this
there is no legislation which protects us against bullying in the
Christine Pratt. FCIPD FCMI. 2008.
Statistics : January 2008
8 in 10 workers are affected by Workplace Bullying
Did you know that recent statistics documented
by Portsmouth University insist that 80% of managers know that Bullying
is occurring in their workplace.
Few admitted being involved though.
49% of managers have suffered bullying
37% of managers say
they have had no proper management training.
80% of calls to The National Bullying
Helpline are from the Public Sector.
Bullying affects 1 in 4 people in the workplace,
During 2006 32% of the complaints investigated by
HR&DM were found to be vexatious.
The average cost to an employer of going
to Tribunal is £16,000
Tribunal Statistics rose by 25% in 2006
“So?” you might think. “Why
should I be concerned about workplace bullying?”
Bullying is a major cause of staff grievance, high stress levels
and high absenteeism. Allowing the continuation of bullying in your
workplace will cost thousands of pounds as well as people’s
BERR alleges that disputes cost the UK £120
million per annum
19 million sick days are lost due to bullying
Sickness absence is costing the UK :
£13 billion per annum
The truth is; companies all over Britain are losing excellent staff
and huge amounts of money at the hands of bullying and its related
issues. The good news is all this waste is needless and all of the
products of bullying are preventable.
Help Create Awareness
The first step towards a productive, bully-free working environment
is to create an awareness of bullying in the workplace, teaching
staff how to spot the signs and agreeing to its solution. The positive
effect this will have on your working environment and the individuals
within it will be palpable and will help ensure the continued success
and longevity of your company!
“National Ban Bullying Day” & “Anti-Bullying
There are two national initiatives taking place in November every
year, offering support with workplace bullying. Please do whatever
you can and show your support for both. We would like you to advertise
these most important helpline telephone numbers on your Company
intranet, notice boards, around offices and wherever you can, in
an ongoing capacity, to offer support to anyone who is affected
For support with Bullying
in the Workplace, Bullying in Schools or Domestic Violence, please
call The National Bullying Helpline 0845 22 55 787
By ensuring all your staff are aware of The National Bullying Helpline,
you are pro-actively encouraging the resolution of costly and contentious
workplace issues and empowering your management to be vigilant in
deterring bullying culture, ultimately ensuring the happiness and
success of your company – allowing your company to get on
with what it should be doing best; making money!
Help and support is always available through the National Bullying
Helpline. Employees and employers can download:
A FREE 'What to do Guide' for all
A Complete Guide to Dispute Resolution for employees
or managers who are either; accused of Bullying, or who are dealing
with contentious issues.
These documents are avail;able from: www.nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk
If you would like more information on bullying or to explore any
of the issues covered above please contact us at www.bullyingbusiness.co.uk
or 01793 338888.
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