Global survey: workplace violence, harassment common


UNITED NATIONS — The first attempt to investigate the extent of workplace violence and harassment around the world found that workplace abuse is widespread and particularly evident among youth, immigrants and wage earners, particularly women.

More than 22% of the nearly 75,000 workers in the 121 countries surveyed last year reported experiencing at least some form of violence or harassment, according to a report released Monday by the UN International Labor Organization, the Lloyds Register Foundation and Gallup.

“Violence and harassment in the world of work is a pervasive and harmful phenomenon with profound and costly implications, ranging from serious physical and mental health consequences to lost earnings and lost career paths and economic losses for workplaces and communities,” the three organizations said. 56 page report.

According to the findings, one third of those who have been subjected to violence or harassment in the workplace stated that they have been subjected to more than one violence and harassment, while 6.3% said that they have faced all three forms of physical, psychological and sexual violence and harassment during their work life. business life.

According to the report, the most common form reported by both men and women was psychological violence and harassment, with 17.9% of workers experiencing it at some point during their employment.

According to the report, approximately 8.5% of the respondents said that they have been subjected to physical violence and harassment in the workplace, with more men than women, and 6.3% having experienced sexual violence and harassment; 8.2% of them were female and 5% male.

According to the report, more than 60% of survivors of workplace violence and harassment said “this has happened to them more than once, and for the majority the last incident occurred within the past five years”.

The research also found that people who have experienced discrimination based on gender, disability, nationality, ethnicity, skin color or religion at some point in their lives are more likely to experience violence or harassment in the workplace than those who have not experienced such discrimination.

The three organizations said “statistics on violence and harassment at work are patchy and scarce”, so the ILO joined forces with Lloyd’s and Gallup to conduct “the first global exploratory exercise to measure people’s own experiences”. The survey used data from the 2021 Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Survey, part of the Gallup World Survey.

The organizations said the results paved the way for further research.

“Ultimately, stronger evidence will help create more effective laws, policies and practices that promote prevention measures, address specific risk groups and root causes, and ensure that victims are not left alone in dealing with these unacceptable events,” the ILO, Lloyds and Gallup said. . .

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