Bullying in the Workplace
ANYONE who was bullied at school will remember the fear and
anxiety they felt everyday as they entered the school gates.
Unfortunately, for many, that fear was not left behind in the
Bullying in the workplace is not a rare occurrence, with 1 in 6
people having experienced it in the last 6 months and 1 in 4 over
the last 5 years. However, in a recent survey by The Andrea
Adams Trust, it was found that only 26% of those surveyed knew of
specific policies in their workplace designed to help victims of
Staff at online job board
these results shocking and decided to put their heads together to
uncover what bullying is all about, who these bullies are and what
can be done about it. After all, if nothing is done about the
situation, it will lead to poor performance for companies and a
miserable work life for many.
What is bullying?
Bullying is any form of harassment, whether mental or physical,
which is unwanted by the person it’s aimed at. If the conduct by
another makes a person feel harassed or uncomfortable, whether
intentional or not, this can be classed as bullying. It can be
persistent, offensive behaviour, which undermines another person’s
self esteem and confidence.
Who are the bullies?
The bullies are normally those that feel under a lot of stress due
to a lack of control over their workload. As a result they feel a
need to take this frustration out on others. A lot of people claim
to have been bullied by their immediate line manager, who is often
under stress from their manager to get things done. Most bullies are
under so much stress, they do not even realise what they are doing.
A manager who shouts all the time at their workforce will just build
up resentment and hostility among staff.
For the employer, bullying will result in high sickness rates among
staff, and high employee turn over, coupled with low work force
For the employees it can lead to high stress levels, a miserable
working environment and even premature death, due to stress-related
Bullying warning signs:-
• Unwarranted, humiliating, offensive behaviour towards an
• Persistent, negative and malicious attacks on an individual’s
professional performance at work or personal life
• The use of position of power to cause fear in others, oppressing
them by force or threat
How do you tackle bullying?
• If you are being bullied at work, you should either try and talk
it over with a sympathetic colleague or, if you belong to one,
contact your Trade Union
• Keep a written record of the bullying that occurs with dates and
• Confront the person doing the bullying and tell them you don’t
like the way you are being made to feel
• See if it is happening to anyone else in the company
• If all else fails, get in touch with the professionals who are
there to help
There are plenty of helplines available if you find yourself in this
• The Andrea Adams Trust:- 01273 704900 or visit
• Bully Online:- Visit
Yngve Traberg, CEO of ClickAJob, said:- “Here at ClickAJob we
will not tolerate bullying of any kind and have set up special Staff
Forums, where staff can feel free to air their views and opinions in
a controlled environment. Not only does bullying lead to a
miserable working life for its victims, it also effects company
performance due to the negative atmosphere it creates.”
OUT TEENS HIT PARENTS' STRESS LEVELS
PARENTS urged to encourage their children to stay on in
education to achieve the minimum qualifications needed to succeed in
life. Anxiety, helplessness and depression are among the
symptoms suffered by parents as a result of their children dropping
out of education or training at 16. The findings come in
research from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), which reveals
the full extent of stress parents suffer from when their children
drop out of learning.
A 3rd of all parents
were left suffering from one of the common symptoms of stress or
number affected increased to nearly 4 in 10 if the child left
without the minimum level of qualifications needed to succeed in
life, such as 5 good GCSEs or the equivalent.
1 in 5 parents experienced anxiety and 14% reported 'feeling
helpless'. For 5%, the situation even triggered a period of
The reasons given for increased stress among parents are concerns
that their child will not be able to lead the life they hope for
(27%), worry that their child will be unemployed (22%), that they
will not get a good job (20%) and that they will not earn much money
(19%). Some parents' concerns are even more serious. 12% worry
about their child becoming involved with drugs, while 8% worry their
child will get involved in crime and 4% fear the decision might mean
their child becoming homeless at some stage.
Many of the concerns highlighted by worried parents are backed up by
official statistics that show people with further education
qualifications, such as GNVQs and A-Levels, add over £4,000 a year
to their salaries compared to those with few or no GCSEs.
Ruth Bullen, Deputy Director of Young People's Learning at the LSC,
commented on the findings:- "We sympathise with parents whose
children decide to leave education at 16 - this can have a profound
impact on the rest of a person's life. Sadly, 2/3rds of parents
whose child had actually dropped out of learning at 16 told us that
this child had left school without the minimum level of
qualifications necessary to succeed in life. We know that by
2010 very few jobs will be open to young people who do not have 5
GCSEs at grades A* to C, or the equivalent. Jobs that don't require
these qualifications are likely to be poorly paid with limited
prospects. But the good news is that there have never been so many
ways to achieve this minimum level of qualifications. Between
the ages of 16 and 19 young people can choose from
Apprenticeships, and vocational courses or they can re-take GCSEs.
It's never too late either; even those who have previously dropped
out of learning can return to it at any time. For some of these
options financial support, such as the Education Maintenance
Allowance, is there for those most in need of it. Money should not
be a barrier to young people remaining in education and training
after 16. Plus, there are lots of different places and ways to learn
if a young person disliked school. You can learn in Further
Education and Sixth Form Colleges or with an employer while doing an
There really is plenty of choice available to young people and
we would urge them and their parents to find out more about staying
in some form of learning until they have at least the minimum set of
For more information about achieving the minimum qualifications
needed to succeed in life or staying on in education, parents and
young people can visit:-
contact their local Connexions centre.
To apply for EMA, young
people can call 080 810 16 2 19 or visit
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