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A fifth of workers feel ëbulliedí by their boss

A study commissioned by the UKís fastest growing HR consultancy has revealed that 21% of Brits feel ëbulliedí by their boss at work, whilst a further 28% feel picked on by a peer at work. However, only 8% admitted to reporting the incidents

A new poll by the UK’s fastest growing HR consultancy has revealed that more than 1 in 5 of respondents, 21%, feel ‘bullied’ by their boss at work and a further 28% feel picked on by a co-worker in the office.

According to the study of 1,298 people, commissioned by www.Reabur.com <http://www.Reabur.com> , women are more likely to feel bullied at work, with 31% of the women asked admitting to having felt victimised in their work place at some point, compared to just 17% of men.

The results show that less than 1 in 10, 8%, of those that felt ‘bullied’ in the workplace actually report it to their HR department. However, 24% do tell a colleague about their experiences and almost three quarters 73% tell their spouse.

People feel more intimidated by men than women according to the study, with 19% of the respondents claiming to feel ‘victimised’ by a male colleague compared to 14% that feel ‘victimised’ by a female co-worker.

When asked the multi-answer question ‘why do you feel the person at works bullies you?’ 41% think the culprit is ‘intimidated by their abilities’, a further 29% think they are ‘jealous of their status within the office’ and 48% believe they are picked on because of ‘their appearance’.

29% of the respondents feel their manager dislikes them, however, 22% of those asked think their manager is ‘under qualified’ for their roll and 32% said their manager is ‘incompetent’.

The study found that of the employees that feel bullied at work, 57%, are actively searching for new jobs and a further 37% ‘dread work’ everyday. More than a third, 36%, admitted that their personal life is affected by their unhappiness at work.

Georgina Read, Co- Managing Director of Reabur.com, had the following to say on the findings:

“I was shocked to see these results; being unhappy at work and feeling bullied will certainly affect productivity levels as well as the individual’s self-esteem, as the results show. It is encouraging that people are talking to fellow peers; however they should approach a senior team member or their Human Resources Officer.”

She continues,

“The main issue with being bullied at work is that it is not taken seriously and people tend to think that the individual is over reacting. All allegations should be taken seriously and investigated, as getting to the route of the problem will create a better work force and office environment.”