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Workplace bullying reason to increasing turnover rates

A study has found more workers are leaving their jobs due to workplace bullying

Workplace bullying leads to higher and unexplained turnover rates, according to new research conducted by HR group, Reventure.

A second annual study of more than 1,000 Australian workers found that employees are responding to stress bought on by work-life balance, changes to technology and workplace distractions – as well as bullying from internal and external sources.

“The advice from employers is to provide support in industries that face abuse from the public, and for employees to speak up about workplace bullying wherever the source,” Lead researcher of Reventure, Dr Lindsay McMillan, said.

The report found that workplace bullying has doubled in 12 months, as has the number of conflicts between co-workers, which has led to absenteeism and presenteeism.

The 2017 Snapshot of the Australian Workforce provided a comparative insight into key workplace areas like job satisfaction, performance, technology issues and health. Dr McMillan added the number of workers reporting bullying are the most concerning.

“It is high time we stamped out bullying in the workplace which costs the economy $6 billion to $36 billion a year according to the Productivity Commission,” Dr McMillan said in an article written in Human Resources Director Australia.

Almost half of workers believe that poor leadership in the workplace is the most stressful part of their job, a slight increase from 2016. The majority also believed that emerging technologies are affecting the way they work.

The report also identified the three main causes of workplace stress are unrealistic work expectations, the inability to disconnect from work due to the increase in digital and technology resources and poor workplace relationships.

“With workplace issues increasingly being drawn into the spotlight, our national campaign a future that works has once again brought real data to the behaviours and cultures within Australian workplaces, in the hope of sparking national debate and driving the necessary change for a future that works,” McMillan said.

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