June 13th, 2017
Results In: 2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey
2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey
Major funding from
Gary Namie, PhD
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In our 2017 National Survey workplace bullying was defined as repeated mistreatment of an employee by one or more employees; abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, work sabotage, or verbal abuse.
Bullying is “abusive conduct,” referring to its most serious forms only. This is consistent with the definition used in the Healthy Workplace Bill. Even with this high threshold, workplace bullying remains an American epidemic. Bullied individuals pay dearly with the loss of their economic livelihood to stop it. In the absence of legal prohibitions against it, employers are failing to take responsibility for its prevention and correction.
On the 20th anniversary of WBI’s founding, this is the fourth national scientific poll commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute, conducted by Zogby Analytics. Other years were 2014, 2010 and 2007. Past results can be viewed here.
Thanks to the generous donors to our GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of the survey.
• 19% of Americans are bullied, another 19% witness it
• 61% of Americans are aware of abusive conduct in the workplace
• 60 million Americans are affected by it
• 70% of perpetrators are men; 60% of targets are women
• Hispanics are the most frequently bullied race
• 61% of bullies are bosses, the majority (63%) operate alone
• 40% of bullied targets are believed to suffer adverse health effects
• 29% of targets remain silent about their experiences
• 71% of employer reactions are harmful to targets
• 60% of coworker reactions are harmful to targets
• To stop it, 65% of targets lose their original jobs
• 77% of Americans support enacting a new law
• 45% report worsening of work relationships, post-Trump election
Click on this link to view the 2017 WBI Survey Infographic
Download the Infographic in pdf format
- National Prevalence & Awareness: Online | Print pdf
- Gender & Race: Online | Print pdf
- Perpetrator Rank
- Health Impact on Targets
- Notification by Targets
- Employer & Witness Reactions
- Stopping the Bullying
- Support for a New Law
- Post-2016-Election (Trump) Effect: Online | Print pdf
- Methodology & Sample
About MAPE, Major Sponsor
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