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Last week saw the launch of The IOSH Irish Workplace Behaviour Study, which revealed more than two in five people say they have experienced a form of ill-treatment at work, whereas one in 12 have experienced and/or witnessed physical violence. (See coverage at end of page)

The main findings were:

  • 43% of respondents reported having experienced ill-treatment, 47% said they had witnessed it and 17% stated they had perpetrated it
  • 37% reported having experienced unreasonable management, 42% stated they had witnessed it and 14% stated they had perpetrated it
  • 31.3% reported having experienced incivility or disrespect, 38% said they had witnessed it and 9.5% stated they had perpetrated it
  • 2.6% reported having experienced physical violence, 5% said they had witnessed it and 0.5% stated they had perpetrated it

New guidance produced by IOSH is in place to help employers ensure their staff do not suffer the effects of ill-treatment.

In her IOSH vice president capacity, Louise Hosking commented:

“It is alarming to see the amount of people who felt they could do nothing, even if they reported an issue. Everyone has the right to be respected at work. Any form of ill-treatment is completely unacceptable.

It can have a huge impact on an individual and the team around them, causing stress and tension which ultimately has an effect on the business as a whole. Ill-treatment at work is linked to physical and mental health issues, which in turn affects the decisions people make and increases risks to themselves and those around them.

Together with the guide, we hope we can support businesses to create healthy work environments in which their people can feel supported, and above all, the business can in turn thrive.”

Louise has gone on to add she recognises the role IOSH has played in understanding appropriate workplace behaviour, and likewise the way it is working with organisations in Ireland through its branches there.

The survey received some excellent coverage to include:

Irish Times: Workplace abuse toward Asians

Irish Examiner: 43% experience mistreatment in the workplace

IOSH News: Irish employers urged to combat worker ill-treatment