The purpose of this study is to examine the experiences of nine people who were
subjected to and in some cases are still experiencing bullying in their places of work,
and how their experiences impact on their lives.
The study also exalnined their perceptions of support systems available to theln in the
workplace as they attempted to bring what they were experiencing to light.
A qualitative approach was used with one-to-one semi-structured interviews, which
were recorded, and subsequently transcribed in full and subjected to a thelnatic
Results show that bullying at work can cause severe psychological affects. It also
impacts negatively on targets' physical health, and sense of wellbeing. These affects
are compounded by management and trade union / staff association inertia in tackling
the probleln, and by a lack of awareness of any Employee Assistance Programme
which might Initigate the severity of its impact.
Allowing the bullying to go unheeded long after it had been first brought to notice,
caused the greatest distress to many of those people interviewed for this study.
Recruitment to managerial positions without proper procedures and adequate training,
allowed inept people hold positions of power which they abused. It appears that any
inroads into the problem of workplace bullying must first start at management level.