Most times when we think of the idea of bullying we associate it with the schoolyard. However, workplace bullying is a real issue facing benefit departments. Bullying can affect the mental health and productivity of employees, and the bottom line of companies that don’t deal with it.

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute in Bellingham Washington, 27% of Americans have directly experienced “repeated abusive conduct that is threatening, intimidating, humiliating, work sabotage or work abuse.” Seventy-two percent are aware of workplace bullying and 93% want a law to protect them from abuse in addition to anti-discrimination laws.

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