A new research conducted in Britain has found that a record number of women were being bullied at the work place by their male colleagues, who see them as threats to their own careers. In some cases, even female seniors were found bullying their junior colleagues.
The research found that women became depressed and anxious by the constant abuse, and gradually lost their confidence about their ability to do their job.
Many women quit their jobs to escape the bullying and make up an excuse for their departure, and never tell anybody about the real reason, the Daily Mail quoted the findings of the research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), as saying.
The report, which was published today, found that women were more likely than men to be bullied.
Citing a recent case, it said that earlier this year, a former secretary had won a record £800,000 pounds as compensation after a High Court judge ruled that Deutsche Bank failed to protect her from 'spiteful' colleagues. Helen Green (36), the female victim, was tormented by a gang of four women in the "department from hell" and by a domineering male colleague who saw her as a rival.
CIPD Employee Relations Adviser Mike Emmott said: "Bullying can take many forms, including ridiculing personal characteristics, making unfair criticism and ignoring people, as well as physical or verbal abuse."
He further said that employers need to take the issue of workplace bullying 'more seriously.' "Bullies don't always recognise what they are doing and victims can be reluctant to complain," he added.