EVERY company should have an anti-bullying policy, the TUC said today as it emerged that a third of bullied workers fail to report their bosses for fear of losing their job.
A new study by law firm Slater & Gordon reveals a shocking two in five people felt they had been bullied at work.
Of these, almost half said the culprits were their managers and 70 per cent said they had been victimised over a sustained period of time.
Some workers said bosses had sabotaged their work while others complained of humiliation in front of colleagues, threatening behaviour and “bitching.”
Less-severe incidents included shouting, swearing and finger-pointing.
One in 10 people reported inappropriate sexual comments — while one in 20 said they had faced racism at work.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Office bullies must be banished from the workplace.
“The stress and anxiety felt by victims can make them physically ill, lose all self-confidence and mean that they dread coming in to work. No-one should be put in this position.
“Employers who fail to tackle bullying will pay a price too. Staff who are bullied are more likely to take more time off because of the stress caused by their harassment and will be less productive at work.”
A quarter of those who reported bullying found that bosses took no action, the study found, with one in five saying that they continued to be bullied.
Ms O’Grady said: “Every organisation needs to have an anti-bullying policy and every manager should ensure that there is zero tolerance of bullying either by line managers or workmates.
“This research shows why people should join a union to ensure they are treated fairly at work.”
Government guidance suggests that workers first seek to address bullying informally before contacting either their manager, their company’s HR department or their union rep.
If this fails, they are advised to lodge a formal complaint.