Bullying, undermining and harassment at work


August’s Monthly Pulse question was about bullying, undermining and harassment at work. Around one in five doctors in the UK’s NHS say they have been bullied or harassed in the workplace, with the British Orthopaedic Trainee Association (BOTA) reporting that 73% trainees had witnessed bullying, undermining or harassment at work. Most incidents go unreported, often because staff are afraid to raise concerns or they believe nothing will happen. This situation seems to be a common issue worldwide.

BOTA‘s #HammerItOut campaign, which aims to highlight the issue, uses the following definitions: Undermining is behaviour that subverts, weakens or wears away confidenceBullying is behaviour that hurts or frightens someone who is less powerful, often forcing them to do something they do not want to do. Bullying and harassment means any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, humiliated or offended.

The question we delivered to our medical community in August was the following:

Have you ever experienced or witnessed bullying, undermining or harassment at work?

In Europe the analysis was conducted amongst 5,016 M3 members in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. 65% of the healthcare professional surveyed have experienced or witnessed bullying, undermining and harassment at work. Bulling and harassment was most prevalent in the UK and France at 78% and 73% respectively. On the other hand, Italy has the lowest incidence.

The cross-continental analysis shows that 73% of healthcare professionals surveyed in USA have witnessed the same situation. Bullying and harassment was most prevalent in Canada at 85% while Europe has the lowest incidence at 35%.

By registering with M3 Global Research you will receive the Monthly Pulse directly to your inbox and you will be able to give your personal opinion about relevant healthcare related issue and compare your thoughts with your colleagues around the World.

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  1. Bullying is defined as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behavior, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the person to whom it is directed.Bullying must be fought

  2. Women have been there, I worked very hard at a mans job to take care of 3 children, I’ve been verbally abuse and pysh abuse , and took it so I could keep my job , nothing says nothing when you get on a jet way at 330 in the morning and being attached by some one you trusted .

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