10% of respondents have taken time off work to avoid workplace bullying

One in 10 respondents have taken time off sick to avoid bullying in the workplace, while 11% have done so because they have been unfairly treated by a line manager, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.

The research, which surveyed 1,607 UK employees, found that 13% felt they have been unfairly treated due to ill health or prolonged absence from work.

The research also found:

  • 36% of respondents said they have seen colleagues receive praise and recognition in the workplace, even though they feel they have not worked as hard as they should.
  • 64% of respondents said they have seen colleagues benefiting from favouritism.
  • 24% of respondents said they would classify work colleagues as personal friends, while only 6% said they really enjoy socialising with their colleagues.

Paul Avis, sales and marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “Many employees are under considerably more pressure than they were several years ago, and this in turn can place a significant strain upon workplace relationships. However, co-operation and teamwork are crucial to the success of any business.†

“Employers must ensure that they encourage employees to work together, not only to ensure their happiness and welfare, but also to facilitate a productive working environment.

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“By offering employees access to support services and advice, they have the opportunity to discuss any problems they are having with colleagues, or problems with their own work or personal life that might be having an effect upon their working relationships.”

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