In August, 2010 the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) commissioned Zogby International to conduct a survey of adult Americans. The results showed that workplace bullying is still a problem for 53 million Americans. In the scientific, national poll, 34.4% of Americans report personally being bullied. By including those who only witness it, 49% of the population is aware of bullying at work, while 51% say that have neither experienced nor seen it.
This study is a follow-up to the frequently cited 2007 WBI-Zogby survey, the comparable prevalence was then 37%.
Workplace bullying was defined as “repeated mistreatment: sabotage by others that prevented work from getting done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation or humiliation.”
In a separate survey, a representative sample of 4,210 respondents was asked about employer engagement in anti-bullying activities. The vast majority (79%) either were not sure or were certain that employers do little to nothing to address it. Remarkably, 21% believed that U.S. employers are currently addressing it through policies and enforcement.