"Results from surveys conducted by the WBI and Zogby International in 2007 and 2010 demonstrate the nature and extent of the problem.
- 35% of workers have experienced bullying firsthand
- Most bullies are bosses (72%)
- 62% of bullies are men; 58% of targets are women
- Women bullies target women in 80% of cases
- Bullying is 4 times more prevalent than illegal harassment
- The majority (68%) of bullying is same-gender harassment
- 62% of employers ignore the problem
- 45% of bullying targets suffer stress-related health problems
- 40% of bullied individuals never tell their employers
- Only 3% of bullied people file lawsuits"
"The physical and mental consequences are dramatic. The intense stress resulting from deliberate and constant abuse can lead to hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, neurological disorders, immunological impairment, chronic fatigue, and diabetes. The psychological consequences are equally debilitating, including anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Relationships with family, friends, and workplace colleagues often suffer as well, creating a greater sense of alienation and hopelessness in bullying victims.
Organizations are damaged as well by employee turnover, missed time at work, and impaired productivity of affected employees. When the overall extent of workplace bullying is considered (as many as 1 in 3 employees), the toll on the global economy is staggering, and unnecessary."