Employers 'turn a blind eye to rising workplace bullying'

10-08-2006

Workplace bullying is on the rise, but employers are not taking the problem seriously, a new study reveals.

The research from employment law firm Peninsula showed that four out of five of the 1,300 workers surveyed said that they had been the victim of bullying at work, but had failed to make a complaint.

Only ten per cent of employees said that they would complain to a superior if they became a target of workplace bullying, with four in five workers saying that they had no confidence that their complaint would be treated seriously.

"Few employers believe their companies are suffering at the hands of bullying, yet a high percentage of employees have been victims," said managing director of Peninsula, Peter Done.

"This suggests that workers do not feel confident enough to tell their bosses they are being bullied."

The company warned employers that by attempting to turn a blind eye to the problem, they could be risking serious consequences in the long term.

This week City secretary Helen Green was awarded £800,000 in compensation after suffering a series of nervous breakdowns following bullying in her former workplace.



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