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Bullying at work affects life at home for many

Most people who are bullied at work are taking their problems home with them to the detriment of their family life and close relationships, a survey has revealed.

Three-quarters of respondents said that workplace bullying affected their family life and close relationships, according to research undertaken by the charity Family Lives.

More than nine out of ten who were bullied felt that their organisation did not deal with bullying adequately, and more than a third said that the bullying had gone on for more than a year.

'Environment of professionalism'

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives Chief Executive, said, 'It would be very hard for anyone not to bring troubles home from work, but the pressure that a situation at work can put on relationships can make family life extremely turbulent.

'Support is out there and we would encourage people not to ignore incidents hoping that they will rectify themselves.

'The workplace should be an environment of professionalism, respect and courtesy and whilst many employers are committed to establishing a bullying-free zone, it is clear that work still needs to be done.'

Acas publications and services

Acas has detailed information about Bullying and harassment, including separate guides for employers and employees on how to tackle it.

Acas experts can visit your organisations and help you develop dignity at work or bullying and harassment policies and procedures. Find out more from our Equality and diversity: how Acas can help page.

Practical training courses are also available on Bullying and harassment, Discipline and grievance, improving Skills for supervisors, Absence management, Stress, and Having difficult conversations.

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