July 1st, 2013

WBI Study: Age and Workplace Bullied Targets

WBI 2013-G Instant Poll

For the 16 years of WBI operations, we have noticed that telephone callers seeking help with their workplace bullying problems are rarely young. They tend to be veteran workers with long careers. For a variety of reasons documented by other WBI studies older workers make ideal vulnerable targets. An earlier WBI study found the average age to be 41. We again asked about age when bullying started at work.

WBI Instant Polls are online single-question surveys that rely upon self-selected samples of individuals bullied at work (typically 98% of any sample). No demographic data are collected. Our non-scientific Instant Polls accurately depict the perceptions of workers targeted for bullying at work as contrasted with the views of all adult Americans in our scientific national surveys.

A total of 663 WBI website visitors responded to:

For bullied targets only, please. How old were you when the bullying at work began?

The following percentages of each age range category resulted:

.035 Younger than 18

.030 18 – 21

.148 22 – 29

.097 30 – 35

.092 36 – 39

.158 40 – 44

.142 45 – 49
.169 50 – 54

.095 55 – 59

.029 60 – 64

.006 65 or older


The average age was 41.9 years. Targets in their 40’s comprised 30% of all targets; in their 50’s were 26.4%; under 30 years of age were 21.3%; those in their 30’s were 18.9%. The prime productive years are also the prime years for being tartged for bullying.

Gary Namie, PhD Research Director, WBI

Do not use any of the above findings without properly citing the source as the Workplace Bullying Institute.

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