Title

The prevalence of ill-treatment and bullying at work in Ireland

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Workplace Health Management

ISSN

17538351

Volume

13

Issue

3

First Page

245

Last Page

264

Publisher

Emerald

School

School of Business and Law

Funders

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Comments

Hogan, V., Hodgins, M., Lewis, D., Maccurtain, S., Mannix-McNamara, P., & Pursell, L. (2020). The prevalence of ill-treatment and bullying at work in Ireland. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 13(3), 245-264. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-09-2018-0123

Abstract

© 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited. 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. Research limitations/implications: This study provides national-level data on workplace ill-treatment and bullying that are directly comparable to British study findings. Practical implications: The findings indicate that a significant number of Irish workers experience ill-treatment at work, and that workplace bullying does not appear to have decreased since the last national study was conducted in Ireland. 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.

DOI

10.1108/IJWHM-09-2018-0123

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