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Half of Australia’s workers face some form of workplace bullying, claims a new study.
Research by the University of Wollongong, commissioned by beyondblue, found 40 per cent of people face some form of bullying at work during the start of their career, while between five and seven per cent have experienced it over the past six months.
Bullying can take a number of forms, including verbal abuse, isolation and humiliation, with concerns that it can lead to health and safety risks, as well as reduced productivity in the workplace.
Georgie Harman, chief executive officer of beyondblue, explained companies must realise there is a strong link between workplace bullying and the well-being of staff.
“We know that those who experience and perpetrate workplace bullying have higher rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder and health problems such as cardiovascular disease,” she said.
Ms Harman also raised concerns that current attempts by many employers is failing to change the culture that allows workplace bullying.
“The strategies and policies tend to target individuals, including the perpetrator and the victim, not the organisation that allows the bullying to occur,” she added.
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