Workplace Bullying on the Rise: How Dangerous Is It?

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Bullying has become a public heath concern as it is being seen at schools, online, and even in the workplace. In fact, there have been several surveys pointing out the terrible trend being seen in the workplace: the rise in bullying. And while it sounds counterintuitive that a professional environment with grown adults be the perpetrators of bullying, that is exactly the case.

A recently published VitalSmarts report found some surprising and unsettling findings — a whopping 96 percent of respondents surveyed are reporting that they have experienced workplace bullying. Workplace bullying — which has been dubbed the “silent epidemic” by Psychology Today — has become such a prevalent concern that twenty-six states have introduced Happy Workplace bills to combat the trend.

In general, bullying has been associated with many diverse health issues including: depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities that the recipient of bullying once used to enjoy.

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