Managers 'blame themselves for bullying'

29-08-2007

Managers 'blame themselves for bullying'
Managers in the UK are pointing the finger of blame squarely at themselves with regard to bullying in the workplace, highlighting a number of factors that contribute to problems of bullying among their employees.

A survey conducted by the Ban Bullying at Work campaign found that two-thirds of managers believe their own behaviour to be responsible for the bullying, with poor management skills highlighted as the biggest single factor.

More than half (56 per cent) pointed to an authoritarian management style while almost the same number (57 per cent) highlight personality issues. Other factors included unrealistic targets and a failure to properly address certain incidents.

In light of these findings it is thought that managers can do much to tackle bullying by addressing their own behaviour. Lyn Witheridge of the Ban Bullying at Work campaign highlights the need to combat bullying at work.

"We want to inspire managers to speak out and instil a culture where business is not frightened to stand-up to the bullies," she told Management Issues.

In related news, research from Investors in People shows that a third of employees are working with colleagues who are competitive, according to Personnel Today.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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