3 out of 10 peo­ple still bul­lied at work de­spite law re­vi­sion

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Jae-heun [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Nearly 30 per­cent of of­fice work­ers said they are still bul­lied at work, de­spite a re­vised law ban­ning work­place bul­ly­ing that took ef­fect 100 days ago, a sur­vey showed, Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey con­ducted by job re­cruit­ment web­site In­cruit of 722 work­ers, 69.3 per­cent of the re­spon­dents said they have ex­pe­ri­enced work­place bul­ly­ing, and 28.7 per­cent said the bul­ly­ing con­tin­ued after July 16 when the re­vised La­bor Stan­dard Act went into ef­fect.

The most com­mon type of bul­ly­ing was the vic­tim’s su­pe­rior as­sign­ing ex­ces­sive amounts of tasks, with 18.3 per­cent of the sur­vey par­tic­i­pants say­ing so. Over 16 per­cent said they ex­pe­ri­enced curs­ing and ver­bal abuse fol­lowed by be­ing as­signed work after of­fice hours (15.9 per­cent).

Other types of work­place bul­ly­ing in­cluded forc­ing work­ers to join evening get-to­geth­ers or com­pany events (12.2 per­cent) and mak­ing sub­or­di­nates han­dle their su­pe­ri­ors’ per­sonal du­ties.

The sur­vey showed it was still dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to raise the is­sue at work to fix the prob­lems.

Only 15.3 per­cent of the re­spon­dents said they’ve re­ported the bul­ly­ing to man­age­ment, and 10.8 per­cent of them said the com­pa­nies re­jected their re­ports or did not re­spond. About 35 per­cent of those who did not report their ex­pe­ri­ence said they did not do so be­cause they knew it would not make any dif­fer­ence, while 27.5 per­cent said they had no ev­i­dence to back up their claims.

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