As a result of the survey, new guidance has now been produced by IOSH to help employers ensure their staff do not suffer the effects of ill-treatment.
IOSH Vice-President Louise Hosking said:
“It is alarming to see the amount of people who felt there was nothing to be done, 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 the business can in turn thrive.”
Professor Lewis was asked to participate in the research thanks to his previous work on a similar study of ill-treatment, bullying and harassment in British workplaces.
Completed in conjunction with Cardiff University, it was one of two projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council with the other, in partnership with the University of Manchester, looking at the working experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual workers. Professor Lewis has also worked with the University of Winnipeg in Canada for a project exploring ill-treatment and bullying in Manitoba workplaces. He said:
“I was delighted to offer insights to our Irish colleagues on our experiences in our ESRC funded British study. This included helping with the research design, the application to the funders – The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – and with the fine-grained details necessary to make the project a success. I look forward to continue to work with colleagues in Ireland on the outputs from the study in the coming months and years ahead.”