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Less bullying found in IT than other sectors

Tash Shifrin

Three in 10 managers in IT companies have been bullied during the past three years, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute.

The study, "Bullying at work: the experience of managers", was published in association with trade union Unison and conciliation service Acas.

It found that 31% of managers in the IT industry had been bullied, fewer than among general managers in the public and private sectors, where 39% of managers had been bullied. Among IT managers 6% admitted to behaving in a bullying manner, while 40% of those who had been bullied said no action was taken.

Lack of management skills was cited as the reason for bullying in the IT workplace by 75% of those surveyed, personality factors were mentioned by 69% and failure to address previous incidents of bullying by 55%.

The most frequent type of bullying reported was where individuals were undermined by criticism or too much work (78%).


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