The problem of workplace bullying and harassment has been the focus of a November 2016 report supported by Safe Work Australia.
The findings of this report are serious:
The prevalence of workplace bullying in Australia has increased from 7.0 per cent in 2009─11.
At this time Australia had the 6th highest rate of workplace bullying when compared to 34 European countries. Australia’s current rate now exceeds the rates measured in Europe in 2009─11. However, more recent European data are not available for comparison and it is possible that there has been a corresponding increase in the prevalence of bullying in Europe.
Of the seven types of harassment measured, the most common forms of harassment reported were: being sworn at or yelled at (37.2 per cent); being humiliated in front of others (23.2 per cent); and being physically assaulted or threatened by patients/clients (21.8 per cent).
Negative comments due to race or ethnicity were experienced by 7.4 per cent of respondents.
Unfair treatment due to gender was experienced by 10.9 per cent of respondents.
Women were more likely than men to be bullied and experience unwanted sexual advances, unfair treatment because of their gender, and experience being physically assaulted or threatened by a client or patient.
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