More than three in 10 managers in IT companies have been bullied during the past three years, research by the Charted Management Institute has revealed.
The study, “Bullying at work: the experience of managers”, found that 31% of managers in the IT industry had been bullied, compared with 39% of managers across the public and private sectors. Among IT managers 6% admitted to behaving in a bullying manner, while four in 10 of those who were bullied said no action was taken.
Lack of management skills was cited as the top reason for bullying in the IT workplace – by 75% of those surveyed, while personality factors were mentioned by 69% and failure to address previous incidents of bullying by 55%.
The findings were from a study published in association with trade union Unison and concilliation service Acas.
The most frequent type of bullying reported in the IT sector was where individuals were undermined by overloading or criticism (78%) followed by verbal insults, unfair treatment and misuse of power or position (all 72%).