Plenty of research has been done on schoolyard bullies. But lately, more research is focusing on another group of bullying victims: those in the workplace.

The executive coaching/conflict transformation firm Executive Confidante took a closer look at workplace bullying in a survey and found that of employees queried, 42 percent had quit a job to get away from a bullying boss.

"The survey reveals that those experiencing workplace bullying are losing motivation and feeling considerable stress. Few have found the situation to improve by addressing the issue with the difficult manager, a more senior manager, or even going to human resources," Executive Confidante said in a release. "With a prevalence rate of roughly 35 percent in the United States, the problem of workplace bullying is indeed significant."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.