Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Bully for Reality TV

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Bully for Reality TV

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UK

Reality TV shows could encourage bullying behaviour in the workplace. A recent Samaritans survey said over 80% of British people feel they have been bullied at work and work-related stress experts says programmes like the BBC's 'The Apprentice' might be making things worse.

'It's not Alan Sugar I have a problem with as he tries to understand people's problems and does not reinforce negative behaviour,' said Cary Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University. 'It's the impression the show gives: that the contestants have to stab each other in the back to succeed in industry'

The survey found 25% of people considered bullying a weekly or daily occurrence and the number of people worrying about the affect of stress has increased from last year. It also reported that younger employees are most vulnerable, with 38% feeling unable to talk to managers and 57% unable to talk to colleagues.

'Part of it is to do with the economy. …

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