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More female workers suffer verbal bullying than male: poll

2014/03/02 17:48:11

Taipei, March 2 (CNA) More Taiwanese females have suffered verbal abuse in the workplace than males, according to a local survey on four major types of workplace violence.

Among the 7,777 female workers polled by a research group from the Institute of Health Policy and Management at National Taiwan University (NTU), 7.48 percent of the respondents said they had encountered verbal violence over the past year.

That was higher than the 6.80 percent of the 9,509 male workers polled in the study, which was published recently in the Taiwan Journal of Public Health.

The findings also reveal that more female employees (4.06 percent) than male (3.39 percent) said they have suffered psychological violence such as threats, being ostracized or isolated.

By contrast, male workers reported a higher rate of physical violence (0.81 percent) compared with females (0.48 percent), according to the study.

In terms of sexual harassment, 1.70 percent of the female respondents said they had problems in this regard, much higher than the 0.38 percent of the male respondents.

Cheng Ya-wen, a professor at NTU's Institute of Health Policy and Management, concluded that adverse work characteristics including night shifts, rotating shifts, long working hours, physically demanding work, insecure employment and low workplace justice are risk factors for workplace violence.

Workplace violence could also be one of the key factors behind employees' poor health and low levels of job satisfaction, she said.

(By Lung Jui-yun and Jeffrey Wu)