The number of workers experiencing bullying in the office is
on the rise, according to a new study by CareerBuilder—35% of workers said they
have felt bullied at work, up from 27% last year. Sixteen percent reported
health problems as a result of bullying, while 17% said they left
their job to escape the problem. Furthermore, the study found nearly half of
workers do not confront their bullies and the majority of incidents go
Of those who said
they have experienced bullying, 48% cited incidents with their bosses and 45%
with coworkers. Thirty-one percent pointed to bullying by customers and 26% by
a superior other than their boss. More than half (54%) said they were bullied
by someone older; 29% reported a younger bully.
The study found that the most common types of workplace
- Falsely accusing others of mistakes – 42%,
- Using different standards/policies for one employee than
- Constantly criticizing others – 33%,
- Not performing certain duties, negatively impacting
another’s work – 31%,
- Yelling (by boss) in front of other coworkers – 28%,
- Belittling another’s work during meetings –
- Gossiping about coworkers – 26%,
- Stealing credit for another’s work – 19%,
- Purposely excluding others from projects or meetings – 18%,
- Picking on personal attributes – 15%.
Just 49% said they confronted the bully themselves. Of the
27% that reported the incidents to a human resources department, less than half
(43%) said action was taken.
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris
Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder between May 14 and June 4, 2012.
Participants included 3,892 U.S. workers (employed full time, not
self-employed, non-government) ages 18 and over.