64% Of Respondents Believe Bullying Is Present At Their Workplace

64% Of Respondents Believe Bullying Is Present At Their Workplace
Nov 30 2023 Share

A study by bBrave, commissioned with the support of PwC Malta, unveils alarming workplace bullying statistics, revealing that 40% of workers have experienced bullying in various forms.

 The study, combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies, engaged over 2,400 participants in a national online survey and conducted 10 focus groups, shedding light on the pervasive issue of workplace bullying. 

Notably, 64% of workers believe bullying is present in their workplace, with 56% having witnessed instances and 40% personally experiencing it.

The study emphasizes that bullying extends beyond stereotypes, affecting individuals across diverse contexts. 

Psychological and emotional bullying constituted 80% of reported cases, with reasons ranging from work-related issues (69%) to discrimination based on disability (55%), social class (22%), body appearance (15%), and age (22%). Women (43%) were more likely to be bullied than men (38%), and 58% of participants in Gozo reported instances.

The repercussions of bullying are profound, impacting mental health, with 9% reporting self-harm or suicidal thoughts, 73% experiencing increased stress, and 58% suffering mental health consequences. 

Economic implications include reduced work engagement (45%), decreased focus (37%), reduced productivity (33%), and increased absenteeism (23%).

Concerningly, only 42% of bullying cases are reported, with 50% of victims fearing repercussions. Of the reported cases, only 4% were handled well, emphasizing the need for robust anti-bullying legislation, national awareness campaigns, and enhanced reporting resources. 

Workplace recommendations include the implementation of anti-bullying policies, prioritizing employee well-being, and providing training on handling such situations.

This Project is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union under the Operational Programme II – European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020.

This Project is co-financed through the NGO Co-Financing Fund (NCF) managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) supported by the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights (MIVC).


Ryanair Wrapped: Airline’s Version Of Spotify 2023 Wrapped

Ryanair Wrapped: Airline's Version Of Spotify 2023 Wrapped
Nov 30 2023 Share

Following the release of Spotify Wrapped 2023, airline Ryanair released its own version of the year in review – and it’s perfect. 

The post includes the amount of times people clapped on planes – which was a whopping 12,304 times and 15% lower than last year. However, the number, according to the airline itself, should be 0.

The airline also allegedly received 136,048 photos of the plane’s wing, 92,603 feet pictures (‘that’s nearly 1,000,000 toes), and 5,792 unsolicited crotch pictures. 


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The airline also joked that passengers spent 41,072 minutes listening to ‘screaming kids on the flight because you forgot to download offline music.’

As per travel personality, ‘the anxious dad’ who ‘arrives at the airport 5 hours before the flight and gets way too stressed at security’ was the official diagnosis. 


Hugo Heads To The City: VF Group Unveils Exciting New Flagship Store

Hugo Heads To The City: VF Group Unveils Exciting New Flagship Store
Nov 30 2023 Share

Prepare to indulge your fashion senses because VF Group has thrilling news for Valletta! The vibrant heart of the capital city is about to welcome a brand-new HUGO store, opening on the 6th of December, promising a haven for fashion enthusiasts and those on the lookout for a fresh wardrobe.

HUGO, renowned for embracing individual style, will cater to both men and women, showcasing the latest collections with compelling prints, edgy cuts, and clean designs in clothing, accessories, and footwear. Its innovative designs are tailored for those who desire to stand out from the crowd.

The HUGO store in Valletta expresses a modern and fresh visual approach. The new store concept will include cool architectural features with metallic wall elements, and a mix of shiny and brushed-steel surfaces which underline the brand’s contemporary look and feel. The continuity of the signature HUGO red and white also stand out as unmistakable design elements, adding high recognition value throughout the space.

The 200sqm store will be split in to 2 floors and will have unique design features that are inspired by the brand’s innovative spirit and desire to create something truly different. From the minimalist interior to the carefully curated product displays, customers will be immersed in the world of HUGO.

VF Group, the visionary force behind this transformative project, continues its legacy in the realm of premium and luxury retail. The launch of the new HUGO store marks a significant step towards shaping a brighter and bolder future for the local apparel market.

Get ready to embrace individuality and self-expression as we unveil the new HUGO store. Join us on a journey to #HUGOYourOwnWay and celebrate the power of fashion.

Follow @vfg_valletta on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok for the latest updates.

About HUGO and HUGO BOSS: 

HUGO, the younger of the two HUGO BOSS brands, provides a platform for self-expression and an authentic way of dressing. Globally engaged and culturally fluent, the brand crafts clothes with individuality and attitude for those who dare to break with convention; those who set trends rather than follow them. Additionally, HUGO-licensed fragrances, watches, eyewear and kidswear all capture a youthful spirit. HUGO BOSS is one of the leading companies positioned in the premium segment of the global apparel market. The group offers collections in 132 countries at around 7,400 points of sale and online in 70 countries via hugoboss.com. With approximately 17,000 employees worldwide, the company, based in Metzingen (Germany), posted sales of EUR 3.7 billion in the fiscal year 2022.

About VF Group: 

Spanning on more than four decades ago, VF Group began as a tailoring business, which continued to evolve as a premium and luxury retail company. They are taking the local apparel market to a whole new level with the upcoming HUGO store within the HUGO BOSS franchise. VF Group’s belief for quality, attention to detail, and customer focus has led them to secure representation for some of the world’s top fashion Maison’s. 


Over 10,000 E-Scooter Fines In First 8 Months Of 2023

Over 10,000 E-Scooter Fines In First 8 Months Of 2023
Nov 30 2023 Share

In the first eight months of this year, e-scooter riders faced over 10,000 contraventions, primarily attributed to inadequate parking and obstructing pavements. 

Out of the total 10,120 infractions recorded from January to August, 4,811 were related to improper parking, while 5,158 were for obstructing pavements. Notably, 94 fines were imposed for offenses such as dangerous driving, mobile phone usage, overloading, and disregard for traffic signs, with an additional 61 contraventions linked to licensing matters.

This information, revealed in response to queries from PN MP Graziella Attard Previ to Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri, was presented in parliament. The data was compiled from various entities under the ministry, including the law enforcement system agency and the police, as confirmed by a ministry spokesperson.

The surge in penalties was most pronounced between June and August, with Sliema receiving the highest number of fines, followed by St Paul’s Bay, St Julian’s, and Gżira. 

However, the parliamentary inquiry did not delineate the distribution of contraventions between rental e-scooter riders and private e-scooter users. 

In response to growing concerns, the government recently declared a prohibition on rental e-scooters from March 1, citing misuse that overshadowed their benefits, as stated by Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia.