General Article Acas study reveals that workplace bullying is on the rise with many people too afraid to talk about

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A new Acas study published today reveals that workplace bullying is growing in Britain and many people are too afraid to speak up about it.

The Acas paper Seeking better solutions: tackling bullying and ill-treatment in Britain's workplaces looked at the latest research on workplace bullying as well as calls to the Acas helpline from employers and employees.

Bullying and harassment are any unwanted behaviours that make someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. The Acas helpline has received around 20,000 calls related to bullying and harassment over the past year with some callers reporting that workplace bullying caused them to self-harm or consider suicide.

Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber, said:

“Our analysis reveals that bullying is on the rise in Britain and it is more likely to be found in organisations that have poor workplace climates where this type of behaviour can become institutionalised.

“Callers to

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