WORKPLACE bullying is on the increase as company managers come under growing pressure to meet their targets, it is claimed.
And changes to employment law proposed by Business Secretary Vince Cable could provide cover for office bullies to operate more freely, it is feared.
Bluefin Insurance Services which has offices at Cleckheaton, said instances of bullying had doubled in the last decade – due in part to the recession which has created growing pressure to meet targets resulting in strained relationships between managers and staff.
Bluefin’s Peter Castle said stressful working conditions were no excuse for “iron-fist” management – warning that heavy-handed management could result in companies being taken to an employment tribunal.
“Employers need to be aware that they could be liable for acts of harassment committed by individual staff members and required to pay compensation to a victim,” he said.
Business Secretary Vince Cable is considering reform of employment law, which could include “protected conversations” – allowing bosses to have frank talks with staff about under-performance without fearing that the conversation could later be used in evidence at a tribunal.