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.
The effects of inappropriate behavior in the workplace – whether it’s intended or not – can be extremely damaging for individuals. It can result in:
Inappropriate behavior also has harmful effects for organizations:
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