Psychologists are reporting a new phenomenon of "desk rage" with workers resorting to stand-up rows with their colleagues because of the pressure they face. Desk rage (anger) may represent low EQ behaviors. Psychologist Sue Keane of the British Psychological Society urged workers to find time for a break. It is estimated that 40 million working days are lost in the UK every year because of stress. (Health Workers at Risk of Desk Rage.)

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and a report entitled Compensation and Working Conditions conducted by the University of Virginia , in 1998 alone, 700 homicides occurred in the workplace in the U.S. Along with the increase in desk rage has been the "Dilbertization" of the workplace. That is, implementing cost-cutting measures that place workers into increasingly smaller workplaces. Integra reports that 1 in 8 office workers now work in a cubicle.(Williams, Ray B. Look out - Here Comes Desk Rage.)