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%).