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Skills shortfall fuels work bullying

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Almost three-quarters of local government employers blame a lack of management skills for workplace bullying, research has found.

A new report from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) claimed employers in the sector are failing to deal with bullying, based on the views of more than 300 managers in local government.

Seventy-one percent cited a shortfall in skills of managers for the problem.

Out of the whole study which spanned close on 900 managers from the armed forces, engineering, IT and healthcare sectors local government came joint top with the retail sector for failing to tackle bullying in the workplace.

In both categories of management, 47% of respondents said their employers “took no action” on the issue.

Jo Causon, director of corporate affairs at the CMI, said that while the current economic climate increased the pressure on managers to deliver, it was no excuse for bullying.

“Now, more than ever, the ability of the UK’s managers and leaders to set a good example is paramount,” she said.

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