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Hogan, V;Hodgins, M;Lewis, D;Maccurtain, S;Mannix-McNamara, P;Pursell, L
2020
February
International Journal of Workplace Health Management
The prevalence of ill-treatment and bullying at work in Ireland
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SICKNESS ABSENCE WORKPLACE INCIVILITY IMPACT CONSEQUENCES HARASSMENT RECESSION TIME
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the prevalence of ill-treatment and bullying experienced by Irish workers and to explore individual and organisational predictors. The most recent national figures available are specific to bullying and predate the economic recession; therefore, this study is timely and investigates a broader range of negative behaviours. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire survey study on a national probability sample of Irish employees was conducted (N = 1,764). The study design replicated the methodology employed in the British workplace behaviour study. Findings The results showed that 43% of Irish workers had experienced ill-treatment at work over the past two years, with 9% meeting the criteria for experiencing workplace bullying. A number of individual and organisational factors were found to be significantly associated with the experience of ill-treatment at work.Social implications This study is of use to the Irish regulator and persons responsible for managing workplace bullying cases, as it identifies high-risk work situations and contributing individual factors. Originality/value This study provides national Irish data on workplace behaviour and ill-treatment following a severe economic recession.
1753-8351
10.1108/IJWHM-09-2018-0123
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