According to several sources, approximately 35 percent to 40 percent (or 54 million) of adult workers claim to have been the victims of bullying in the workplace. An additional 15 percent of workers witness the bad behavior and, therefore, become indirect victims themselves.
So, what is “workplace bullying?” While there is no universally accepted definition, it is generally agreed that workplace bullying includes unwelcome or irrational behavior that demeans, threatens or humiliates people—either individually or as a group. It is usually persistent and part of a pattern, but it can also occur as a single incident. Typically, it does not include the occasional rudeness of a stressed-out supervisor or professional dissention between two equally powered individuals.