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Workplace bullying Part 2: How prevalent is it? [VIDEO]


Hello and welcome to the WorkPro blog. This is the second video in our series on workplace bullying. 

Between 2008 and 2015, WorkPro conducted four opt-in surveys among individuals about to complete online inductions. With a total sample size of nearly 24,000 people, the objective of the surveys was to compare individuals’ understanding, experiences and beliefs about the prevalence of bullying among the Australian workforce today.

Last time, we talked about the types of behaviours that count as bullying, but now you might be wondering just how often people experience actions like these. Unfortunately, it happens far too frequently.

According to WorkPro’s surveys, about one-third of respondents said they have been bullied at work at some point in their careers. Furthermore, the number of people who witnessed someone else being bullied increased from 44 per cent in 2008 to 56 per cent 2015.

The problem exists globally, but Australia ranked sixth in the world for workplace bullying. Last September, the Australian Workplace Barometer project found 7 per cent of workers had been bullied in the six months leading up to the survey. The study used a strict definition of bullying, which means an even greater percentage may have experienced some form of harassment and discrimination.

Workplace bullying continues to be a serious workplace issue and needs to be addressed as a key corporate activity.

Want to learn more about how to identify and prevent bullying in your organisation? Stay tuned for our next episode but also explore the additional resources we have available online.

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