Job Security concerns Bullied Staff

Bullying at Work

Staff who are being bullied are suffering in silence rather than risk their job security by complaining, according to recruitment agency Hire Scores.

Bullying at Work

Their survey of more than 900 employees found that one in three staff who had been bullied had been too worried about their job security to report the incident. Hire Scores managing director Lisette Howlett said:

“During these tough economic times it is understandable that people are concerned about the repercussions of raising such difficult topics, especially if they feel as though it would either be dealt with insufficiently or not at all,”

“Management should have zero tolerance to bullying and should make their staff feel valued and at ease at all times,” she added.

The research also found that only 68% of staff that had been bullied felt that the situation had been dealt with appropriately by management. Almost 20% of bullied employees failed to tell anyone because they felt that no action had been taken in the past.

Elaine Tidy, spokeswoman for the Ban Bullying at Work campaign, said there was a real danger that levels of bullying at work would rise because of the recession.

“Workers are less likely to report poor treatment, but managers are also under increasing pressure to hit targets and stay on top. It’s exactly that sort of stressful, insecure environment which can lead to bullying at work.”

Tidy added that if employers are to prevent bullying they need to be aware of the warning signs, such as employees taking excessive sick leave or reporting stress–related medical conditions.

“Even in small businesses, you can help stamp bullying out by introducing an anti–harassment policy setting out what is acceptable behaviour and what isn’t,”

“Quite often, people aren’t aware of how their behaviour is affecting others, especially if they’re stressed, so this helps to set boundaries clearly. Having a policy in place also sends a powerful message of support to your staff.” she said.

For more information on preventing workplace bullying, visit the Acas website

Read our articles on discrimination and handling grievance and discipline procedures at work.

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