The Workplace Bullying Institute found in a nationally representative poll that 37 percent of the U.S. workforce, or 54 million employees, have been bullied now or some time during their work life.
Bullying claims are a serious problem for American businesses, costing $64 billion annually, according to a 2007 study by Korn/Ferry International. Bullying lowers productivity due to morale issues and time requirements for investigations, all while increasing turnover, paid time off, out of court settlements and jury awards to plaintiffs.
Bullying can result in media frenzies, diminished corporate image, damaged personal lives and tarnished careers. No company is immune from the possibility – every company should become aware, proactive and preventive