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More than 70% of British adults feel as though they have been bullied or witnessed bullying of some sort in the workplace and over 30% were too worried about the repercussions to report the problem.

A study of 934 Brits commissioned by the UK’s leading recruitment scoring website has found that 73% of Brits have, at some stage in their career, witnessed workplace bullying or inappropriate behaviour and almost 1 in 3 admitted they were too worried about their job security to report the incident.

Research by can reveal that of the 73% of Brits who have witnessed or experienced inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, only 2/3 (68%) believe the situation was dealt with by management and/or HR staff appropriately.

34% of Brits were too worried about job security to stand up for themselves or others and 18% admitted that they did not report the incident because they had witnessed the lack of action taken for similar situations in the past.

When asked the cause of bullying people had witnessed, these results were found;

Personality clash – 39%
Attempt to be funny– 31%
Clash between high income and low income members of staff – 17%
Appearance – 11%
Disability – 2%

The survey also found that 62% of women have either been spoken to in a sexist or sexually suggestive manner at work, or they have witnessed others being treated in this way.

Lisette Howlett, Managing Director of comments on these findings;

“Situations that make members of staff feel segregated or uncomfortable, whether through direct bullying or inappropriate comments must be picked up on and dealt with immediately but sensitively by management. It must be remembered that individual thresholds vary and that if the recipient is uncomfortable, this is what counts. It is also important to be aware, and the survey supports this, that observing others being treated in this way is just as damaging; this is particularly relevant with workplace humour.

“During these tough economic times it is understandable that people are concerned about the repercussions of raising such difficult topics, especially if they feel as though it would either be dealt with insufficiently or not at all. Without a doubt management should have zero tolerance to bullying and should make their staff feel valued and at ease at all times.”

Lisette continues;

“There are external organisations that can offer advice and tips to anyone worried about discussing a problem with internal management, or not quite sure how do approach the top. The key here is to open dialogue and resolve the issue.”

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Emma Stockley, 10 Yetis PR
Tel: 07743057458

Note to Editors:


- Hire Scores website is totally independent and not linked to a job board or recruiter which makes it ideally placed to provide such information
- Hire Scores is committed to fair feedback with checks and balances in place to support this
- Free to use for all with a strong and growing knowledge centre
- Lisette has over 20 years industry experience with such firms as ICI, Zeneca/AstraZeneca and Syngenta as well as local government and the public sector.
- Hire Scores is about creating a community in the recruitment and working space supported by a forum which uniquely seeks to bring together all the elements involved in recruitment and work – workers, recruitment agencies and their employees.

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