Hostility at Work

Is Hostility at Work Common?

According to a 2015 study conducted by Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, nearly 20% of employees have been exposed to a hostile work environment. This includes things like verbal abuse, sexual harassment, threats, humiliating behavior and bullying.

There is a series of trends that seem to arise from studies like these.

Individual Trends
Less educated workers, those who deal directly with customers, and younger workers are more likely to experience harassment at work.

Men are more likely to experience verbal abuse and women are more likely to experience unwanted sexual attention.

Career-based Trends
Certain industries and career paths are more affected as well. Nurses experience a great deal of hostility from stressed patients and even other nurses. The fast-paced and competitive nature of law firms and sales companies seem to attract certain (hostile) personalities.