Ban Bullying at Work launches 1 minute reflection

Ban Bullying At Work, the UK charity dedicated to changing workplace bullying has launched a new initiative to raise awareness with Britain's 28.94 million workforce.
 
Now in its third year, Ban Bullying At Work Day, expects over 1 million people to take part in the minute of reflection to be held at 10 am on 7th November 2006.
 
Lyn Witheridge, Founder, Ban Bullying At Work said; "Our main aim is to encourage people to take responsibility for the management of themselves, in their roles and in relation to others. 1 in 4 adults has been bullied within the last 5 years. Bullying is the leading cause of stress related illness and the number one employee complaint. We want both employers and employees to take part, reflect and recognise how their own behaviours could have a negative impact on their colleagues and working environment."
 
A pack is available from www.banbullyingatwork.com giving details on how best to participate. A free Participation Questionnaire has been produced for employees and employers to participate in during the minute of reflection. The Questionnaire can either be downloaded or filled in online and has been developed to challenge preconceptions, gather data and encourage appraisal of current working environment.
 
Workplace bullying can be defined as the expression of aggression without physical violence – a form of psychological intimidation that makes its impact through persistent behaviours.  There are many misconceptions about workplace bullying, a common one being that those individuals usually targeted are weak, ineffectual poor workers. The opposite is true and it is often the strong, confident and competent people who are often targeted.
 
To download a free information pack on how to take part including the Participation Survey please visit www.banbullyingatwork.com . The site also has numerous resources for both employers and employees on all workplace bullying related issues. 
 
Separate research conducted by Ban Bullying At Work showed that unfair criticism and intimidating behaviour are the most commonly cited examples. Just over half of victims of the 3, 000 victims of bullying interviewed said that they had been bullied for over a year. Almost 23% had been bullied for 6 to 12 months. More than one in ten people said that line managers were the most likely to be bullies.
 
Workplace bullying affects people in different ways. The most commonly cited effects are fears about going to work, and a lowering of self-esteem and self-confidence. It also has a serious impact on performance. 60% of respondents say that it has affected the quality of their work, and 51% say that it has caused them to take time off.
 
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For more information about Ban Bullying At Work Day please contact Helen Trevorrow or Mary Jane Greenhalgh on 0207 228 7453.
 
Notes to Editors
 
The Ban Bullying at Work campaign is founded by the Andrea Adams Trust, the world's only non-political, non-profit making charity operating as the focus for the diverse and complex problems caused by bullying behaviour in the workplace.
 
Please visit www.banbullyingatwork.com for more resources.

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