By Matthew Adlerius / Editor / The Associated Press A new report from The Associated Group shows that bullying in the workplace is becoming a more common phenomenon as employers begin to look for ways to curb it.
According to the report, the rise in bullying incidents and the rise of bullying-related harassment has been largely driven by a surge in job turnover.
Bullying incidents rose by 8.9% to 2,919 in 2015.
Bullies were more likely to be male than female, and about 20% of the incidents involved an acquaintance, according to the study.
Bullied employees reported more frequent verbal or physical aggression and were more concerned about their appearance, than those who weren’t bullied, according the study, published online Wednesday.
Bullie incidents rose from 1,723 in 2015 to 1,904 in 2016, with the average incident lasting 10 minutes.
Bully incidents are up from 1.3 incidents per 1,000 workers in 2015 and 1.6 incidents per 100 workers in 2016.
Bullier employees were more than twice as likely to have experienced retaliation, according with the report.
Bullist firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos said the rise is proof that bullying is on the rise.
“Bullying is becoming more and more of a part of the work culture.
The more it is, the more the pressure on you to keep quiet.
And that’s the real issue here,” Yiannopoulos said in an interview on Fox News.
Yiannopoulos has long called for companies to make bullying a priority and has been a vocal critic of the way some companies treat their employees.
He said the report shows that the rise can be traced back to the rise and expansion of social media, and a new trend to make it easier to report bullying.
The AP surveyed more than 1,500 employees and employers at major U.S. companies, looking at how workplace bullying is affecting the workplace and the number of employees who report it.
It surveyed about 200 people a year for at least 10 years.
The survey also found that more than half of the companies surveyed have some form of bullying policies in place, and nearly two-thirds have policies that require supervisors to take steps to curb bullying.