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Bullying and harassment and work-related stressors: Evidence from British small and medium enterprises / Duncan Lewis; Phil Megicks; Paul Jones

International Small Business Journal, Volume: 35, Issue: 1, Pages: 116 - 137

Swansea University Author: Paul, Jones

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This article examines the relationship between work-related stressors and bullying and harassment in British small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Using representative data from a national survey on employment rights and experiences (Fair Treatment at Work) this research identifies that bullyin...

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Published in: International Small Business Journal
ISSN: 0266-2426 1741-2870
Published: Sage 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa43285
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Abstract: This article examines the relationship between work-related stressors and bullying and harassment in British small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Using representative data from a national survey on employment rights and experiences (Fair Treatment at Work) this research identifies that bullying and harassment is just as prevalent in British SMEs as in larger organizations. Drawing upon the Management Standards of the Health and Safety Executive a number of significant relationships with bullying and harassment are established. Work demands placed upon employees are positively related to bullying and harassment behaviours, whilst autonomy, manager support, peer support, and clarity of role are negatively associated with such behaviours. The study considers implications for human resource practices in SMEs and the risks of informal attitudes to these work-related stressors in contemporary workplaces are discussed.
Keywords: Bullying; Harassment; SMEs; Work-related stressors
College: School of Management
Issue: 1
Start Page: 116
End Page: 137