A survey by recruitment company Monster, questioning 16,517 workers in 53 countries, discovered a quarter of Brits find the bullying and cruel jibes so upsetting it dramatically affects their performance at work.
Some 10% admitted they had even been physically attacked in the workplace.
The research also found that our European counterparts also suffer badly from workplace bullying, with a staggering 83% claiming to be victims of physical or emotional bullying at work at some point in their career.
This compares to 65% of bullied Americans and 55% of harassed Asian workers. The survey also discovered that Spanish workers are most likely to be physically attacked while sensitive Dutch workers are the most likely to shed a tear due to work bullying.
Belgium had the lowest rate of workplace bullying, with 38%.
‘Employers are responsible for a worker’s health, safety and welfare while at work and should provide an atmosphere where people can get on with their