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Nearly a third of people in the UK have been bullied at work

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Last month saw the National Anti-Bullying Week from 12th-16th November.

Ben, the independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry including the vehicle dismantling industry, providing support for life to its people and their family dependents, shone a spotlight on bullying in the workplace and has launched new web resources to help people cope with this difficult issue.

Ben is focusing on raising awareness about bullying in the workplace as well as giving people the tools to tackle it.  

Findings from Ben’s first industry survey in 2017 indicated that bullying was rated the third most important issue of all health and wellbeing topics. Bullying was also rated the most important issue related to ‘social health and wellbeing’, with 42% of individuals ranking it at the top – ‘very important’ – followed by bereavement (40%) and confidence (34%). 

Bullying was rated very important for 16–34-year olds (higher than any other age group – at 53%) followed by 35–54-year olds (39%) and over 55s (32%). Bullying was also deemed as a ‘very important’ issue for almost half of the aftermarket, service and repair sector (45%). 

In light of these results, Ben has launched new resources on its website to help people cope with this difficult issue. On Ben’s new dedicated web page, people can find out more about what bullying is and how to deal with it, as well as information about managing relationships in the workplace:  

NEW resources on bullying
Click here to visit Ben’s new web page on bullying 

TUC research states that, looking at the effects of workplace bullying, nearly half (46%) of people say that it has an adverse impact on their performance at work, and the same proportion believe it has a negative effect on their mental health. More than a quarter (28%) say it has a detrimental effect on them physically, and around one in five (22%) have to take time off work as a result of being bullied*. In addition, it was found that bullying costs the economy just under £18bn a year in absence and lost productivity.

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: “Bullying isn’t just something that happens to children, it can be something we, as grown adults, have to deal with in life both inside and outside of the workplace. We believe that no-one should have to deal with bullying or associated feelings of being vulnerable, embarrassed, isolated or struggling with mental health issues as a consequence.

 

“The good news is that, if you’re being bullied or you have a dependent who is facing this issue, Ben is here for you. You can visit our web page for more information or get in touch with us through our online chat or via our helpline if you feel you need more support.”

Visit www.ben.org.uk. 

* TUC Research: www.tuc.org.uk

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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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