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UK workers among world's most bullied|
Mon Jan 9, 2012 7:52PM GMT
A new survey has revealed that workers are most likely to experience bullying by bosses or colleagues in Britain as compared to others around the world.
The survey by recruitment company Monster showed that seven in 10 workers admitted to being bullied in Britain, from among 16,517 respondents in 53 countries.
It found that a quarter of Britons find bullying and cruel jibes so upsetting it dramatically affects their performance at work.
The research also found that European workers also suffer badly from workplace bullying, with a staggering 83 percent claiming to be victims of physical or emotional bullying at work at some point in their career.
This is while that the number of workers complaining about bullying in the US was 65 percent, and in Asia it was estimated to be 55 percent.
The survey also discovered that Spanish workers are most likely to be physically attacked while sensitive Dutch workers are the most likely to shed a tear due to work bullying. Belgium had the lowest rate of workplace bullying, with 38 percent, according to the results.
"Employers are responsible for a worker's health, safety and welfare while at work and should provide an atmosphere where people can get on with their job," says Alan Townsend, Chief Operating Officer, Monster UK and Ireland.
"All companies should ensure they have clear policies and procedures for employees that are followed through by management. This can then prevent potentially dangerous outcomes such as poor workplace morale, lost productivity, litigation and health costs," Alan added.
These findings follow a previous study by Staffordshire University Business School discovered that nearly 14 million British employees in the UK suffer from work bullying.