One In Four Experience Bullying In The Workplace

13 June 2018

Stats released as celebrities ‘Stand Up’ for The Diana Award’s #StandUpToBullying Campaign on Wednesday 13 June:
• More than one in four (30%) workers said they believed bullying* occurs at their current place of work.
• Over half of GB adults (55%) have experienced bullying at school.
• Nearly three quarters (69%) of GB adults who have experienced bullying at school said their confidence had been affected as a result.

New figures released by an online YouGov poll, commissioned by The Diana Award, reveal that bullying continues into adulthood with over one in four working adults (30%) saying they believe bullying occurs in the workplace. Over half of all GB adults (55%) have experienced bullying at school with 69% saying their confidence has been affected as a result.

Dr. Lisa Cameron MP, Tim Loughton MP, Baroness Sal Brinton MP, Preet Gill MP and Marsha De Corva MP join Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for Stand Up To Bullying Day.

These stats are released for The Diana Award’s #StandUpToBullying Day on Wednesday 13 June. The campaign urges the nation to take a collective stand against bullying in the home, workplace, school, sports, online and all parts of society.

Celebrities sharing their experiences of bullying and showing their support for the campaign include: Kimberly Walsh, Frankie Sandford-Bridge, Scarlett Moffatt, Michelle Heaton, Brooke Vincent, Cesc Fàbregas, Rebecca Adlington and Will Poulter.

Additional stats reveal:
• Of those who have been bullied, Brits’ confidence (69%), self esteem (65%), and their ability to be happy with themselves (46%) were likely to be most affected.
• Out of those surveyed, adults aged 25-44 were most likely to have experienced bullying whilst at school (67%), with those in the North East of England (62%) having experienced the most cases of bullying, closely followed by Londoners (61%).
• The majority of the public think that bullying is commonplace in schools (84%), closely followed by online (81%), followed by the workplace (59%).

“We want the nation to get behind Stand Up To Bullying Day on Wednesday 13 June as we know the life-lasting impact bullying can have on a young person into adulthood. We all have a part to play from workplaces, government, celebrities, schools. Our leading Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme works directly with young people to change the perception and attitude to bullying from a young age.”
Katie Wilmore, Head of The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign

A number of MPs have pledged their support for the campaign to help raise awareness of the role that everyone has to play in tackling bullying and harassment. These include: The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Sharon Hodgson MP, Rachael Maskell, Dr. Lisa Cameron MP, Margot James, Baroness Sal Brinton MP, Jess Phillips MP, Eddie Hughes, Daniel Zeichner MP, Tim Loughton MP, Jim Shannon MP, Marsha de Cordova MP, Connor McGinn MP.


Want to get involved?

The Diana Award is encouraging everyone to get behind Stand Up to Bullying Day on social media using the hashtag #StandUpToBullying and sharing how they are standing up to bullying in five words. Schools are getting involved by running ‘Upstander’ anti-bullying lessons and workplaces are encouraged to develop and publicise their anti-bullying policy.


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