Friday 23 August 2019

Culture 'being addressed' as 42pc of workers experience bullying


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Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Four in 10 HSE staff members surveyed experienced bullying over the last two years, the new director general Paul Reid has been told.

The finding of last year's staff survey was highlighted by senior management figure Liam Woods in his briefing for Mr Reid.

Mr Woods said that among issues currently being dealt with by the human resources division were actions to address the culture in the HSE.

He pointed to a survey completed by 19,606 staff in 2018 where 42pc said they experienced bullying in work in the last two years.

HSE HR director Rosarii Mannion briefed Mr Reid on the action plan being implemented on the back of the survey.

She said that a National Anti-Bullying Awareness Day in February had been a "great success" and a study on issues of concern to staff was near completion.

The document says emerging themes included "the role of the bystander" and "understanding toxic leadership".

Ms Mannion's report also said the survey found that workers in the health service were "significantly more enthusiastic, motivated and secure in their jobs than the average Irish worker".

Irish Independent

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