Are you a victim of Bullying and Harassment? Read the article and take the quiz.
How bullying and harassment in the workplace can affect your personnal and professional lives. Let’s begin with clear definitions about what bullying, harassment and victimization are.
Bullying: Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behavior; an abuse or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.
Harassment: Harassment is inappropriate behavior that affects a person’s dignity. It arises when a person engages in unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating the recipient’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the recipient.
Victimization: Victimization is when someone treats you badly or subjects you to a detriment because you complain about discrimination or help someone who has been the victim of discrimination. Victimization includes: singling someone out for different treatment; setting someone up to fail; forcing someone to work excessive hours; frequently contacting someone when they are at home or on leave; and delaying applications for holidays or training courses.
Below, you will find a list of main aggression or bullying behaviors occurring in the workplace. Check them to help you determine whether you might have been involved in workplace aggression or bullying based upon the co-worker’s or boss’s behavior during the past 6 months. Evaluate whether each point: never happen / sometimes happen/ regularly happen.
- Been glared at in a hostile manner?
- Been excluded from work-related social gatherings?
- Had others storm out of the work area when you entered?
- Had others consistently arrive late for meetings that you called?
- Been given the “silent treatment”?
- Been treated in a rude or disrespectful manner?
- Had others refuse your requests for assistance?
- Had others fail to deny false rumors about you?
- Been given little or no feedback about your performance?
- Had others delay action on matters that were important to you?
- Been yelled at or shouted at in a hostile manner?
- Been subjected to negative comments about your intelligence or competence?
- Had others consistently fail to return your telephone calls or respond to your memos or e-mail?
- Had your contributions ignored by others?
- Had someone interfere with your work activities?
- Been denied a raise or promotion without being given a valid reason?
- Had others fail to give you information that you really needed?
- Been given unreasonable workloads or deadlines — more than others?
- Had others destroy or needlessly take resources that you needed to do your job?
- Been accused of deliberately making an error?
- Had attempts made to turn other employees against you?
- Had someone flaunt his or her status or treat you in a condescending manner?
- Been reprimanded or “put down” in front of others?
- Had someone else take credit for your work or ideas?
The effects of inappropriate behavior in the workplace – whether it’s intended or not – can be extremely damaging for individuals. It can result in:
- anxiety and depression
- physical ill-health
- a loss of self-esteem
- a drop in performance
Inappropriate behavior also has harmful effects for organizations:
- Morale suffers
- Working relations break down
- Absence rates rise
- Staff turnover increases
- Performance deteriorates
- Customer service deteriorates
- Risk of legal claims is increased
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