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How bad is it?

If you’re an employee, bullying could wreck your career. If you’re an employer, it could cost you your company.

According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), more than two million people are bullied at work every day. Some 18.9 million working days are lost to industry every year through bullying, and it costs individual companies between eight and 10 percent of their annual profits on top of the threat of costly litigation.

Research coincide with National Ban Bullying at Work Day showed that 15 percent of union safety representatives said bullying was a major problem in their workplace. That compared with 12 percent two years previously and 10 percent in 2002.

“Bullying is bad for business and for people,” said TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber. “Bullies in the workplace must not go unchallenged and should not be given free rein to intimidate and victimise their colleagues. For individuals who are targeted by the office bully, the taunting and the jibes can severely damage their work and their home lives.”

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