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Workplace bullying centre launch

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Almost 200,000 people left their jobs because of bullying in 2007

A new centre in south Wales to tackle bullying at work has been launched at the House of Lords.

The University of Glamorgan says its Centre for Research on Workplace Behaviours will be the only one of its kind.

Part of the university's business school, the centre at Pontypridd will research the causes and effects of workplace bullying in businesses.

Last year 33.5m days were lost due to bullying-related absenteeism.

Almost 200,000 employees left organisations and the equivalent of 100m days productivity were lost as a result of bullying over the same period, according to the centre.

The launch took place in London as experts are keen for the centre to be seen as a UK and global centre of research expertise.

Job dissatisfaction

These areas of expertise will include bullying in the workplace, conflict and conflict resolution and equalities and diversity challenges.

It will also assist businesses to cope with other issues such as organisational change, development strategies and corporate social responsibility.

The centre's director, Professor Michael Sheehan, said: "Clearly the issue of workplace bullying is a serious matter and has implications, not only for those who experience being bullied at work, but also for those who witness the inappropriate behaviours and for organisations themselves.

"Such behaviours do little to contribute to organisational loyalty or commitment. Nor do they enhance productivity, increase job satisfaction or decrease turnover."


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