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Edition No. 219

Date:- 18 September 2005

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Bullying amongst managers rockets as organisations in the North West fail to take action

BULLYING is rife across organisations in the North West according to research published today by the Chartered Management Institute. The survey, which questioned executives in public and private sector organisations, revealed that many senior managers are victims of bullying and identifies psychological intimidation as the biggest problem. The research also shows an alarming lack of awareness about dealing with workplace bullies.

Bullying at work: the experience of managers published in association with UNISON and Acas, reveals that 27% of all managers in the North West have been bullied in the past 3 years. Middle managers are the most bullied amongst the UK management population, with 49% having suffered. This suggests that 'management squeeze' is a serious issue, with pressures from above and below the reporting line creating problems for those in between. However, victims appear at all levels of the organisation. 29% of directors and 42% of junior managers reported incidences of being bullied.

Managers in the North West are observing incidents of bullying between peers, by external customers or clients and 17% have reported bullying of managers by junior staff, dispelling the myth that it only occurs in formal hierarchical relationships. Women appear to be more frequent victims of bullying than men with 54% compared to 35% having suffered from bullying in the past 3 years.

Levels of bullying appear to be higher in public sector organisations than in any areas of the private sector, according to the survey. On a 5 point scale (with 5 meaning a high level of bullying prevalent) individuals working in the public sector gave their organisations an average score of 2.55, while those working for public limited companies gave an average score of 2.31. Private limited companies have the lowest levels of bullying with a rating of just 1.98. The research found that the most common forms of bullying in the North West are misuse of power and verbal insults (both at 76%), over bearing supervision (54%) and exclusion (49%). Physical intimidation or violence are the least common forms, with 17% having been bullied in this way. A lack of management skills is cited as the major reason (68%) for bullying in the North West’s workplaces. Other factors included personality (61%) and authoritarian management styles (44%).

Mary Chapman, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute comments:- "This suggests that poor management is at the root of the problem since senior staff lack the skills to prevent incidents of bullying from occurring. Organisations must create an open, empowering culture and develop the skills of those who enter management positions to ensure that the potential for bullying is minimised and that a positive, productive working environment develops."

88% of respondents in the North West, when asked about their initial reactions to a colleague in a bullying relationship, said they would talk to one of the parties involved. 10% would raise the issue with a senior manager while some individuals (2%) would inform the HR team. Despite this, 33% of those who have been bullied reported that no action was taken by their employers. This suggests that the good intentions of managers in the North West are not reflected in practice, 83% have spent one day or less dealing with bullying in the past year.

Acas Chief Executive John Taylor says:- "It is essential that employees are able to report inappropriate behaviour and be confident that the issue will be dealt with in a professional manner. Managers need to realise the impact bullying has on employees, both the victims and observers and prioritise workforce welfare."

For those with policies, training is particularly effective with 83% of those managers whose policies include training rating their organisations as quite or very effective at deterring bullying. Other effective but uncommon policies, within the North West include: a contact point for advice (58%), internal confidential counselling (58%) and external mediation (15%). The involvement of line management is seen as very important by the majority of those asked in the North West (96%) while 81% felt that employee involvement was also essential.

An executive summary of the report and guidelines for managers on tackling bullying are available from

Cream Birthday... Saturday 8 October 2005

FOLLOWING the awesome sell out success of Creamfields, it appears our feet are just about ready for some full on dancing action again, and where better for it than at Cream’s legendary birthday bash on Saturday 8 October @ Nation. The fundamental ethos of Cream which remains at the core of its success is the music, so it comes as no surprise that they are pulling out all the stops for this magnificent birthday celebration!

We are excited to welcome back the indomitable force that is Erick Morillo who having rocked Nation to its foundation at last years birthday can’t wait to come back and do it all again! The Main Room will come alive with the sounds of Morillo’s trademark chunky, funky house music and for all those who witnessed his flawless, electric set at Creamfields this year, you know what we’re talking about! He will be joined by Cream Ibiza Resident Gareth Wyn who will be performing an exclusive house set and has made a big impression over the Summer in Ibiza supporting the likes of Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto. Also returning for the big event is the lovely Phat Phil Cooper, if anyone can get your booty shaking its this guy, and a Cream birthday just wouldn’t be the same without Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn.

At the helm in the Courtyard are Radio 1’s Judge Jules and Fergie, always guaranteed to maintain the electric atmosphere that this room is famous for! They will be ably assisted by Paul Kershaw, Riley & Durrant who had the outdoor stage at Creamfields rocking till the sun went down!

Over in the Annexe Cream goes up against the Hacienda as godfathers of house Graeme Park & Mike Pickering go head to head for a deck battle where your feet do the voting! They will be joined by James Barton & Andy Mc, Cream regulars K-Klass and of course the indestructable Andy Carroll! Who will be the undisputed champion of the decks? You’re the fans…you decide!

This will be a birthday bash to add the icing on the cake to what has been a magnificent year for Cream. The sun shone at Creamfields UK for what has been described as "the best event to date" and Creamfields Russia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico all look set to follow in its footsteps and lets not forget Cream’s 10th anniversary year in Ibiza which has been a roaring success!

Cream Birthday In Association With Radio City
Saturday 8th October 2005
Main Room
Erick Morillo
Phat Phil Cooper
Gareth Wyn (House Set)
Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn

Judge Jules
Riley & Durrant
Paul Kershaw
Gareth Wyn

Annexe: Hacienda vs Cream
Park & Pickering (Graeme Park & Mike Pickering)
James Barton & Andy Mac
K-Klass (Paul & Russ)
Andy Carroll

To be broadcast live on Radio City. As always the birthday is expected to sell out. To avoid disappointment please purchase advance tickets which are on sale now!

Event Details:- 
Nation, Wolstenholme Square, (Off Slater Street), Liverpool, 10pm-6am, Price: £20+BF (NUS) / £25+BF / Tel:- 0151 707 1309

Cream Tickets:-
 0870 2427 326 / Radio City Box Office:- 0151 256 5555 / Ticketmaster (24hr): 0870 902 0001.


OVER 50 senior citizens are looking forward to spending a day out in Southport, thanks to Co-operative Funeralcare. The funeral director, based in St Mary’s Road, Garston, is organizing a trip to the seaside resort next Tuesday, 20 September, for pensioner members of the congregation at 6 local churches.

A coach and lunch will be provided, courtesy of Co-Operative Funeralcare, for the parishioners of Garston Parish Church, Speke All Saints Parish Church, ST Francis RC Church, Holy Trinity RC Church and Island Road and Banks Road Methodist Churches. The parishioners will be accompanied by funeral arrangers Margaret Putt and Therese Mercer.

Rob Murphy, manager of Co-operative Funeralcare in Garston, said:- “As a local funeral director, we are always seeking ways of supporting the community. This is the 4th year running we have organized a day trip, each to a different place and they have all been really appreciated.”

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