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The TUC has produced guidance for safety representatives on dealing

Workplace bullying can be defined as offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or humiliating behaviour, abuse of power or authority which attempts to undermine an individual or group of employees and which may cause them to suffer stress.

The 2014 TUC safety representatives survey found that 46% of safety representatives identified bullying as one of the top five problems in their workplace. A 2015 poll, carried out by YouGov for the TUC  revealed:

·    nearly a third of people (29%) are bullied at work

·    women (34%) are more likely to be victims of bullying than men (23%)

·    the highest prevalence of workplace bullying is amongst 40 to 59-year-olds, where 34% of adults are affected

·    in nearly three-quarters (72%) of cases the bullying is carried out by a manager

·    more than one in three (36%) people leave their job as a result of bullying.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in association with MORI and Kingston Business School reported that the groups most likely to become victims of bullying and harassment are black and Asian employees, women and people with a disability. Nearly one third (29 per cent) of Asian employees or those from other ethnic groups report having experienced some form of bullying or harassment, compared with 18 per cent of white employees. Employees with disabilities are at least twice as likely to report having experienced one or more forms of bullying and harassment (37 per cent), compared with non-disabled employees (18 per cent).

For more information on Bullying click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work


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