We have written a lot on the Respectful Workplace Blog about how to eliminate bullying and disrespectful behavior in the workplace. The following article was contributed by whyteambuilding.com about the research found on the negative impact on mental and physical health on people who are bullied.

From school to the workplace

You’d think that as we grew older, we would grow out of bullying and intimidating behavior. And it’s true, some former school yard bullies learn the errors of their ways, and become productive members of society.

However, a survey by the CDC revealed that 20% of teenagers had been the victim of bullying, and perhaps shockingly that number increases to 25% in the workplace, as reported by the Workplace Bullying institute.

Impact for a lifetime

The saddening part about those statistics isn’t just that those victims are suffering in their day to day lives. Millions of people unable to enjoy waking up to a new day. It’s the long-term impact. Years later, having been bullied, long after the scars have healed, even for those physically abused, everything from immune health to risk of developing chronic diseases is still negatively affected.

Read the rest of the article here.