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More than one-third of Americans say a workplace bully has victimized them at some point in their careers, according to an online survey conducted in September 2007 by Zogby International for the Workplace Bullying Institute. Thirteen percent of the respondents said they are currently being bullied at work, or have been bullied in the past year, while 24 percent said they were bullied on the job more than a year ago.
More than half of the bullying involved public humiliation, targeting the victim in front of other workers. The most common types of reported bullying were verbal abuse--including shouting, swearing and name-calling--and threatening or humiliating behaviors.
The survey found that 60 percent of workplace bullies are men. The targets of workplace bullies are more likely to be women (57 percent). Female bullies are much more likely to target other women (71 percent) than to target men. Male bullies are slightly more likely to target men (53 percent) than women.
Bosses--those whose rank in the organization is higher than the victim's--are usually the bullies (72 percent), according to the survey. And when bullying is reported to management, 44 percent of employers did nothing about it and 18 percent actually worsened the problem for the victim, according to the survey.
Bullying often impacts the target's health--45 percent of those who responded that they had been bullied reported stress-related health problems.