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Half of workers say they have felt bullied in their workplace, according to CareerBuilder

The two most common ways workers report being bullied was being ignored, whereby comments have been dismissed or not acknowledged (41 per cent), and being falsely accused of mistakes they didn’t make (39 per cent). Constantly being criticised by the boss or co-workers (38 per cent) and being gossiped about (25 per cent) were also common weapons used by the workplace bully.

Two thirds (66 per cent) of victims did not report the bullying to their HR department and of those who were bullied, most pointed to incidents with their bosses (19 per cent) or colleagues (13 per cent). Six in ten (63 per cent) said they were bullied by someone older than themselves and it wasn’t necessarily a colleague, as 8 per cent of victims were bullied by customers.

“It is important to remember that bullying impacts workers of all backgrounds regardless of race, education, age, income and level of authority within an organisation,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Many of the workers who have experienced bullying don’t confront the bully or decide not to report the incidents which can prolong a negative work experience that leads some to leave their jobs.”

Half of victims said that they had confronted the bully themselves, with varying results. One in ten said the bullying had gotten worse, and a further 34 per cent who felt bullied reported it to their HR department. Of those who reported it, 13 per cent said that action was taken while 21 per cent said nothing was done.  

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