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Bullying and long hours
Presenteeism, absenteeism, overwork, stress, health, safety, normal hours

Employees in Britain work the longest hours in Europe, on average 44 hours per week, three and a half hours longer than the European average. A culture of presenteeism exists in many workplace where employees are afraid to be the first to leave the office for fear of being seen as "not a team player" and thus finding themselves restructured (made redundant) shortly afterwards.

Stress is spreading through the workplace like an epidemic. Often this is due to bullying (harassment, threat, coercion etc) by supervisors and managers. To see if you're being bullied, click here.

Stress is not the employee's inability to cope with excessive workloads and work excessive hours, but a consequence of the employer's failure to provide a safe system of work as required by the UK Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. To see how stress causes injury to health click here.

Long hours are also destructive to family life, and, unsurprisingly, the UK has the highest divorce rate in Europe.

Surveys suggest between 3-14 million people are bullied at work. I believe that half the population experience bullying. Click here to identify the bullying episodes in your life. Then explore Bully OnLine to learn how to recognize and deal with the bullies before it's too late.

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