When you think of bullies, childhood memories of getting pushed around in the school yard may come to mind.

However, bullies are making millions of grown adults miserable – at work.

Twenty-eight percent of workers admit to feeling bullied on the job, and nearly 1 in 5 of respondents have quit their jobs because of it.

That’s according to a study by CareerBuilder, which even found managers are reported they have felt bullied at work.

What counts as bullying?
That’s highly subjective, but it usually involves a pattern of behavior where there’s a lack of professionalism, consideration or respect.

Survey respondents say it ranges from being made victim of the blame game, to being falsely accused of making mistakes you didn’t make.  Victims may even get yelled at by their boss in front of colleagues.

Bullying at work makes an strong impact on worker’s quality of work, productivity and decision making abilities—which in the end, is bad for the company’s bottom line.

Careerbuilder found that less than half of workers who felt bullied at work, took matters into their own hands and confronted the bully.

Of these workers, the firm says 45% were successful in making them stop their bad behavior.

Though, the other 44 percent said it made no difference at all.

The remaining 11% said it made the situation worse.

If you’ve been bullied at work, I’d like to know how you handled it.

Leave me a comment, or tweet me @karinaAtWork.