Ruth Mitchell

Rise in 'work rage' incidents

Stressed out workers are increasingly suffering from ‘work rage’, according to a new study. Four out of five people surveyed admitted they had lost their temper with a co-worker, for not pulling their weight in the office. More than two thirds of the 1,200 questioned by employment law firm Peninsula said verbal abuse was common in their office.

Deb Gibbons, of Peninsula, said: “If you are one of those people who throw their Blackberry at the wall because you are frustrated at work, or snap at a co-worker while discussing how much you hate your job, then you are not alone.

“If it is stress, then workers need to sit down with management to discuss the problem because it is something that will not go away. “However if it’s a problem with a colleague then it is time to sit down and try to resolve any differences.”

It said some firms were considering “cyber-venting” to give workers an opportunity to release their anger online. Firms were urged to encourage staff to take regular breaks, and have a proper lunch in a bid to reduce stress.

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