Managers sometimes dismiss accusations around bullying as simply personality or management-style clashes while others may recognise the problem but lack the confidence or skills to deal with it. Businesses should be taking workplace bullying very seriously as the annual economic impact of bullying-related absences, staff turnover and lost productivity is estimated to be almost £18 billion.According to the research managers seldom deal with bullies, instead preferring to simply move them around the office. Read more: How to deal with the office bully?
In extreme cases, some of the calls recorded showed how some victims are driven to considering suicide or causing them to self-harm. Issues raised by callers often centred on ill-treatment by direct supervisors, and frequently resulted in individuals dreading going to work, and where their home and family life had been affected. There are also particular occupational groups or sub-sectors where the incidence is higher, including: public sector ethnic minority workers; professional and management occupations; women in traditionally male-dominated occupations; workers with disabilities or long-term health problems; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and workers in health care. [custom id="21"]