Workplace harassment is one of the most common problems all around the world. It’s a topic many would like to avoid or deal with it privately. Many victims, especially women, want to avoid bringing their cases out in the open since they feel ashamed of what has happened, and a public case forces unwanted attention.
It’s shameful behavior that brings more focus on the victim than the perpetrator. Workplace harassment hides under the layers of subtle flirting, personal remarks, a little bit of passive aggression, and ‘friendly’ rubs on your shoulder from your co-workers. Oh, and let’s not forget the jealous co-workers trying to make you look bad in front of your superiors.
Now, instead of walking down their path, learn to face and stand up against the daily harassment you may encounter at your workplace. We will help you identify 11 types of workplace harassment you may face in your corporate journey and how to stop them:
1) Sexual Harassment
This is something that one cannot usually escape. If someone approaches you in a sexual way which makes you feel uncomfortable or rub themselves against you, it is harassment.
It’s crucial to be able to differentiate between what’s a friendly gesture and what’s a sexual remark so you can stop it.
If someone shares obscene photos makes sexual comments, please report it. Touching and grabbing without your consent is sexual harassment and must not be taken lightly.
Abusing power is a typical scenario in most workplaces. There will always be someone dimming your light and bossing you just because they have authority over you.
If you feel someone is making you do irrational things which were not in your job description, do not do it. First tell them politely, but if that does not help, report that kind of behavior.
3) Physical Assault
Ever wanted to punch that colleague in the face or maybe throw a chair at your boss?
Even though this type of harassment is rare, but it is not entirely uncommon. Workplace rivalry can push so far that sometimes people get physically violent. They hit each other and create a nasty scene in the office.
As this type of behavior takes time to build up, you’ll be able to figure out the signs. Try to control your anger and try to identify the problem beforehand. This was you can come up with a solution.
4) Verbal Abuse
Sometimes, people don’t know how to hold their tongue from saying dirty things to each other.
All the remarks your boss makes regarding how incompetent he thinks you are, that’s verbal abuse. If your co-worker or your authority says mean things in front of people, it is harassment. Feedbacks or disputes should be settled in private with the presence of HR.
The only way to stop it is by taking a stand for yourself. Now, do not start verbally abusing him as well. Try to talk it out, but if it doesn’t help, leave the job if you think it’s affecting your peace of mind or hurting your self-confidence.
5) Cyber Harassment
Do not add your workplace people to your personal social media account. I repeat, DO NOT. This can cost you more than you can even imagine.
People from your workplace may share embarrassing videos or pictures of you publicly on social media. Regardless of how harmless it might seem at first, spreading rumors online might affect your reputation and employability in the future.
6) Personal Insults
Guess what? Working in the corporate sector means jealousy, passive aggressive comments, and bringing each other down. It can get nasty at times due to the unapologetic things told to each other.
There is no way to stop it entirely in one day. Just try to interact less with those who throw shade and create problems.
Racism, sexual biases, and religious discrimination all add up to the discriminatory harassment people often deal with at workplace. They might get deprived of benefits due to their nationality or skin color.
This form of harassment may include racial jokes or insults, misconduct, or undervaluing their ideas. Refusing to assign leadership roles to women is also considered to be bigotry.
In most cases, people do not change this kind of behavior, so it’s best to leave that kind of negative environment and look for a more secular and welcoming workplace.
8) Workplace Vengeance
V for Vendetta? Oh my God, the revenge seekers take up about 60% of the employees in any office. They will hate on you and try to put you down in front of the boss.
The best solution is to stay on your path. Don’t let anyone dim your sparkle. Always give your 100% at work and focus on self-improvement. Ignore what other people say.
9) Third Party Harassment
Sometimes the problem is not internal; it’s external. While working, you might get exposed to a lot of people. If they approach you inappropriately, it is harassment.
Always inform your boss or the person in charge regarding such issues. Never take the situation in your hand.
10) Psychological Harassment
Did you ever hate your boss for never appreciating your efforts and hard work? No matter what anyone says, these sort of case is quite common. It’s crazy how no matter what you do for the company, some people will never value your efforts.
This can, as a result, drain your motivation to work and make you feel ‘not good enough.’ Their constant criticisms will start to affect your psychological stability.
Leave the job. Look for a better workplace if you feel unappreciated. Do not let someone’s misconduct eat out your peace of mind.
Requesting your co-workers for favors against their better judgment is what we call coercion. Your boss or colleague may threaten your life, job or honor for their benefit. Step away and contact proper authorities. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Sending inappropriate sexual advances in exchange for keeping your job – even after you have asked to stop – is also a type of coercion.
Expose the truth in front of people if it does not stop. Check your workplace policy regarding such harassments and take initiatives accordingly.
As an employee, dealing with harassment can be difficult. The act of continually fighting the advances can put a toll on your mind, body, and psyche. It’s highly recommended to look for better alternatives, report the incident to your boss and the police and start anew elsewhere.
Keeping a workplace safe and free of harassment as an employer is also challenging. Keep a complaint box and have the complaints reviewed. You must take actions but keep the identity of the victim hidden. People often fear to speak up due to the consequences afterward. Ensure their trust in the decisions of the authority.
A mandatory workplace harassment seminar and training can be arranged to raise awareness. Also, set some rules regarding workplace etiquettes and behavior, make everyone aware of the policies and strictly implement them. Getting a job can be very difficult on its own, and no one should have to leave their dream job due to harassment at their workplace. Here’s to a safer and better workplace!