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September 22, 2008

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One in seven workers bullied, TUC poll suggests

One in seven (3.5 million) of the UK’s workforce says they have been bullied in their current job, while one in five confirms it is an issue where they work, according to a new YouGov poll for the TUC.

Bullying is more likely in the public sector, where 19 per cent of respondents said they had been bullied. This compares with 12 per cent in the private sector, and 8 per cent in the third sector. People in professional jobs, such as teaching and health care, are the most likely to be bullied (16 per cent).

A Unison spokesperson told SHP: “Bullying is totally unacceptable, and this study proves that more needs to be done to tackle it in the public sector.

“Bullying can crush morale, and lead to high levels of stress and ill health. . .Bullying often emanates from pressure at the top and permeates through an organisation, allowing a bullying culture to develop.”

TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, added: “Every organisation needs to have an anti-bullying policy, and every manager should ensure that there is zero tolerance of bullying, either by line managers or workmates.”

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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