Harassment and Bullying – the majority of incidents are not reported!
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Harassment and Bullying has many underlying causes – abuse of management power; personality clashes; discrimination.
The majority of incidents of harassment or bullying are not put on the record. Employees may fear the consequence of reporting a supervisor or manager. Colleagues may be reluctant to come forward as witnesses as they fear the consequences for themselves.
In a recent workplace investigation into a serious incident 15 employees were interviewed;
– 5 reported being subjected to bullying and abusive behaviour;
– 5 reported witnessing abusive behaviour in the past 12 months.
The investigation uncovered a culture which was characterised by lack of co-operation, lack of respect for individuals, failure to accept responsibility, and abusive behaviour.