Bullying in the workplace often goes unseen. Employees may face constant criticism, get passed over for promotions, be falsely accused of making errors, be the subject of false rumours and more – yet the subtlety of these actions means there is a general lack of awareness around the issue. The effects can be devastating for both employees and employers both at work and home, affecting their relationships with colleagues, partners, friends and family members.
19 million sick days are lost due to bullying in the workplace each year in the UK, at a cost of £13billion per annum. 80% of managers know that bullying is occurring in their workplace but few admit to being involved.
A Family Lives survey published in January 2015 found that:
So what constitutes workplace bullying?
Pam Rogerson, HR Director at ELAS Business Support says bullying in the workplace is when a person, or group of people, creates an intimidating or humiliating work environment for another with the intention of harming their dignity, safety and wellbeing. Bullying can take many different forms from sexual harassment to being excluded from workplace activities; spreading malicious rumours about someone or picking on them in front of others, to blocking someone’s promotion or progress within the company.
If you feel that you are a victim of bullying in the workplace HR Director Pam Rogerson advises taking the following steps:
Call ELAS Business Support today at 0845 862 8040 to find out more about bullying in the workplace and how the range of HR services we offer and policies can help prevent bullying in your organisation.