Since the start of the first lockdown, the number of internet searches for “workplace bullying” went down. As of about July, the number began to increase again. This indicates that now is a good time to ensure that such practices do not flare up again once the bulk of the pandemic is behind us.
Because workplace bullying is costing businesses a lot of money and not just that, business owners are expected to deal with it. They must look after their employees.
I am aware of two cases in England in which employees were set on fire at work and Landrover / Jaguar has just experienced a landmark case of constructive dismissal to do with workplace bullying.
In the UK, the incidence of workplace bullying is around 30% (2015, Trades Union Congress), with 71% of disabled women reporting some form of abuse and 91% of workers stating that bullying in the workplace wasn’t being dealt with appropriately.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (HR professionals) found a percentage of 15 for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 yet added that more than half did not report bullying.
- Most bullying at work in the UK appears to take place in London and the southeast.
- Most bullying is carried out by someone higher in the hierarchy.
In a study by Kew Law (employment law), 71% of the employees at 131 companies in the UK stated that they had either been bullied or witnessed bullying.
Are you sticking your head in the sand over it, ostrich-style?
Workplace bullying. Don’t pretend it isn’t happening when you know it is.