Do you know these ways to recognize workplace harassment?
Harassment in the workplace is present in many forms. It can be online or offline, verbal, physical or sexual in nature. Abusive behavior creates a toxic work environment and many workers feel uncomfortable reporting harassment to their bosses or HR managers.
If you are being harassed and you are too scared to go forward, then by educating yourself on the facts is a great way to gain confidence to stand up for yourself. “The sooner you act on it, the easier it will be to put an end to it.”
Know that if you are being harassed at work, it is illegal and you are protected by the law.
Here are some ways to recognize workplace harassment and the types of harassment that most of the people face:
- Online harassment includes hateful emails, bad tweets or other social media activities.
- But the good thing about online harassment is that it is documentable and can be proved easily.
- For proving yourself you can take screenshots, save emails and can keep a file of everything that makes you uncomfortable.
- It is typically a non-physical form of violence consisting of verbal abuse, gossiping or threats that result in emotional harm.
- Bullying and intimidation are also a kind of harassment which is often used by people at a higher position.
- You must acknowledge and report such type of conduct at the workplace.
- Physical violence in the workplace should not be tolerated.
- Any unnecessary touching or people coming at close proximity that is making you uncomfortable should be reported.
- Even security officers employed by a company are not legally allowed to physically touch the employees.
- Sexual harassment is a serious offence and is very common in many workplaces.
- “Sexual harassment” means sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or any other physical conduct.
- A person irrespective of his gender or age can experience sexual harassment.
According to a study, more than 70 per cent of women who experience sexual harassment at their jobs don’t report it because of the fear that their report would cause negative repercussions to their professional life.
- HR departments in the companies are meant to help employees especially in grave situations where employees feel uncomfortable or in danger.
- The best way to report harassment is going directly to HR as soon as you can because the sooner HR can appraise the situation, the better.
- The employees facing these situations should be treated in confidence so that the employee doesn’t experience adverse consequences for bringing a claim forward.
- In cases where there are no witnesses, the company must investigate thoroughly and take the most prudent course of action they can with the information that they have.
- If you are uncomfortable about something or suspect that you might be involved in some form of harassment, tell your HR manager immediately.
- At the end of the day, your safety is in your hands and it starts with you. Don’t be afraid to stand for yourself and ask for help.