According to the results of new survey research, bullying continues to plague both public and private sector workplaces, and the level of under-reporting by victims may be much worse than previously thought.
The research was conducted by the ACT Greens during March and May of this year, and identified the following key statistics:
Close to half of all bullying incidents were not reported
75% of the respondents said they had experienced workplace bullying and 63% of these incidents occurred in the last 12 months
85% of those who did report bullying incidents said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the response from their employer
79% of respondents said they had witnessed bullying in the workplace
The majority said WorkSafe should employ specialist bullying inspectors
There is a need for employers to provide greater victim support and prevention strategies, and legislation should also be introduced to address workplace bullying, a Greens spokesperson said.
“The survey results not only show that bullying remains a real problem in [workplaces], but that bullying incidents commonly go unreported. People who do report bullying incidents are frequently dissatisfied with the response they receive,” Industrial Relations spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan commented. “The feedback and comments from the survey shows that we need greater support for victims and more proactive prevention strategies to help bring positive changes to workplace cultures. Bullying is an issue that is seriously affecting people’s health and wellbeing, and costing billions of dollars a year in lost productivity,” Bresnan added.
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