By MSN NZ Money staff
Been bullied at work before?
You're not the only one a university study has shown almost one in five Kiwi workers suffer from workplace bullying.
That's one of the worst rates in the world, according to media reports.
In the survey, 17.8 per cent of Kiwis reported they had been the victim of a workplace bully.
In other countries, the figure ranged from five per cent to 20 per cent.
The industries worst affected were education and health.
Hospitality was also listed as a prime sector for bullying.
Types of bullying recorded included bosses picking on workers, workers harassing colleagues and workers intimidating bosses.
Lead researcher Professor Tim Bentley told reporters bullying in New Zealand could be "a billion-dollar problem" because of decreases in productivity due to worker absenteeism, staff turnover, lower staff satisfaction and time spent investigating bullying.
The study was conducted by a joint university research team from Auckland, Waikato, Massey and London.
It polled more 1700 workers and asked how frequently they were exposed to "negative acts" at work.
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