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Workplace bullying 'is rife'

Published: Tuesday, 01 April 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

More than 44 per cent of managers claim to have experienced some form of bullying in the last year, according to new research

Undertaken by the Work Life Balance Centre alongside Coventry University, the 24-7 survey examined the experiences of work among some 2,300 people.

It discovered that bullying was most likely to occur in telecoms, IT, engineering, transport and HE, and least likely in business services, schools, manufacturing and retail.

Furthermore, the research indicated that bullies are most likely to be located in the south-west, Yorkshire/Humberside and Greater London, and are least likely to be found in Wales, the south-east and west-midlands.

Denise Skinner, professor of human resource management at Coventry University, commented: "In looking at the issues of bullying and racial and sexual harassment we found the vast majority of instances to go unreported, which is a situation that needs to be improved."

She added that younger workers appear to be "especially vulnerable" to bullying and that more needs to be done to ensure they "come forward" in such circumstances.

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