A 2006 research by Schat, Frone & Kelloway involving 47 million US workers revealed that 41.4 percent of respondents experienced psychological aggression at work at least once, with 13 percent of respondents suffering from such psychological aggression every week. Latest research and surveys confirm a similar trend.
A 2010 study commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute and conducted by Zogby finds 8.8 percent of respondents direct victims of bullying. An earlier survey on similar lines in 2007 had revealed 12.6 percent of respondents to be direct victims. Both the 2007 and 2010 surveys indicate that about 35 percent of workers in the United States experience some bullying firsthand. The study shows 12.3 percent of respondents witnessed this happening to others in 2007, and the figure rose to 15.5 percent in 2010. These findings suggest incidence levels remaining at stable levels at least in the short term.
Another worldwide survey conducted by Monster, the leading job portal, between May 1 and May 14, 2011, had 64 percent of all respondents claiming to having been bullied, either physically hurt or driven to tears, with work significantly affected as a consequence. Sixteen percent of all respondents replied having seen this happen to others though they themselves were not victims. Europe recorded the highest instances of bullying, with 83 percent of all employees claiming to be victims of physical or emotional bullying. Country-wise, Netherlands topped the list with 93 percent of all respondents claiming to be victims, and Belgium the lowest, with only 38 percent of respondents being victims. In contrast, 65 percent of all Americans were victims, consistent with the global average of 64 percent.
Workplace bullying has not spared the government, either. The Ventura County Grand Jury recently remarked upon workplace bullying as a problem in county government offices and asked county officials to develop a policy against bullying in the workplace.