Bullying in the workplace
Workplace bullying: New campaign to tackle bullying in the automotive industry
The charity Ben, which helps people who work in the automotive sector, has launched a new campaign to tackle bullying at work.
A survey carried out by the charity last year revealed that bullying was rated the third most important issue of all health and wellbeing topics in the automotive sector.
Bullying was also rated the most important issue related to “social health and wellbeing”, with 42% of individuals ranking it at the top – “very important” – followed by bereavement (40%) and confidence (34%).
Bullying was rated very important for 16–34-year olds working in the sector, followed by 35–54-year olds (39%) and over 55s (32%).
Bullying was also deemed as a “very important” issue for almost half of the aftermarket, service and repair sector (45%).
In light of these results, Ben has launched new resources on its website to help people cope with this difficult issue.
On Ben’s new dedicated webpage, people can find out more about what bullying is and how to deal with it, as well as information about managing relationships in the workplace.
The new campaign comes just weeks after a study by the British Medical Association (BMA) revealed that bullying and harassment is common in the NHS and that many doctors and other staff say their personal and working lives are seriously affected by it.
“Bullying isn’t just something that happens to children, it can be something we, as grown adults, have to deal with in life both inside and outside of the workplace,” said the charity’s Health & Wellbeing Director, Rachel Clift.
“We believe that no-one should have to deal with bullying or associated feelings of being vulnerable, embarrassed, isolated or struggling with mental health issues as a consequence.
“The good news is that, if you’re being bullied or you have a dependent who is facing this issue, Ben is here for you. You can visit our web page for more information or get in touch with us through our online chat or via our helpline if you feel you need more support.”
According to Barbour, almost a third of workers have been bullied and half of women, and a fifth of men, have been sexually harassed at work. Bullying and harassment is offensive or insulting behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated. It may involve the abuse of power by one person over another, or it can involve groups of people.
This free employee factsheet contains:
- What is bullying and harassment?
- The impact of bullying;
- The role of an employer;
- Advice for combatting bullying;
- Actions to take;
- Sources of help and information.