Workplace bullying has become a common challenge facing many people in Taiwan, according to a survey released Thursday.
Nearly 70 percent of the 1,115 Taiwanese employees surveyed said they have been victims of workplace bullying, with more male employees reporting such experiences than their female counterparts, according to the survey by leading local human resource platform 1111 Job Bank.
Most of the respondents complained about being mocked or insulted by their bosses or maligned by their colleagues, often because of their mild-mannered personalities, failure to ingratiate themselves with their bosses, or workplace competition.
A senior manager with 1111 Job Bank attributed the pervasive workplace bullying in Taiwan to the island's hierarchical workplace culture.
Employees in the manufacturing and property sectors, as well as administrative or customer service work, were most susceptible to workplace bullying, the survey showed.
Despite pervasive workplace bullying, over half of them chose to stay silent, while 91 percent of them had considered quitting their jobs, according to the survey.