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Australia – Six in ten affected by bullying at work survey finds

Almost six people in 10 have witnessed or suffered bullying at work, according to a survey by law firm Slater and Gordon.Bullying

More than one-third of respondents said they had been bullied themselves. However, more than half of those who had witnessed or experienced bullying did nothing about it.

The poll of 2,000 workers found that more than two-thirds of workers who witnessed the bullying of a colleague saw them harassed over a prolonged period and often sworn at.

One in 10 of those surveyed said they had heard racist insults, while one in six heard a colleague subjected to sexist remarks.

Almost a quarter had witnessed childish pranks in the workplace, and a small percentage even saw others’ work being sabotaged.

Slater and Gordon found that one-fifth of workers had been reduced to tears by others’ behaviour towards them, and around 40% felt stressed.

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