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Who are biggest bullies at work?

Issue No. 1684

Who are biggest bullies at work?

A QUARTER of all workers in Britain have been bullied at work, and the bullies are overwhelmingly not fellow workers but managers. This finding comes in a new report from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. The survey is the biggest ever investigation of workplace bullying. It found:

  • One in four workers have been bullied at work in the last five years.
  • One in ten workers have been bullied in the last six months.
  • Half of all workers have witnessed bullying at work in the last five years.
  • Three quarters of those responsible for the bullying were managers.

Is this family friendly policy?

PARENTS IN Britain pay more than any other families in Europe for childcare costs, according to research by the Family Policy Studies Centre. It reveals that the average working couple spends a quarter of one parent's income on childcare.

In Germany parents spend less than 3 percent of their average income on childcare. Sue Monk of the group Parents at Work said, "Parents are under pressure to work long hours and face problems when they have to take time off with sick children."

Just 5 percent of employers allow flexible working to fit in childcare or subsidise the costs.

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Sat 19 Feb 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1684
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