The 5 Most Common Types of Workplace Harassment

Does your organisation have a workplace harassment policy in place? While many employees appreciate the processes around creating an environment free from hazards, few realise the dangers around workplace harassment.

Your Business Can be Placed in Financial Jeopardy

Workplace harassment is unwelcome conduct from an employer, manager, co-worker, or customer whose actions ridicule or degrade an employee. It is a serious issue that impacts just about every business, both big and small. Classed as unfair discrimination, not only is this behaviour a violation of human rights, but it also causes poor morale and productivity, placing an entire business in legal jeopardy. Because this type of behaviour can come in many forms, which can make it hard to detect, we have listed the five most common types, so you know what to look out for.

 

  1.   Verbal Shaming

Considered as a grey area, since it is a nonphysical form of violence, verbal shaming consists of degrading someone, picking on them, or setting them up to fail. It also includes demeaning and hurtful name-calling, insults, nicknames, slurs, jokes, and comments.

 

  1.   Psychological Bullying

This type of bullying consists of the misuse of power or position. The victimiser deliberately undermines and excludes the worker by imposing unreasonable deadlines or getting the employee to perform demeaning tasks. Interfering with an employee’s ability to do his or her work and making threats about job security is also considered as psychological bullying.

 

  1. Cyberbullying

Online bullying on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is the newest form of stalking. A huge problem, not only for teenagers, posting threats, and humiliating comments, or creating fake profiles to bully someone online is now quite common within the workplace.

 

  1. Sexual Harassment

A serious offence that can send a business into liquidation, sexual harassment is a global problem in business today. Masked in mild banter, this type of behaviour includes unwanted sexual gestures or tones, inappropriate touching, sending sexual messages, and pictures or making offensive comments.

 

  1. Discrimination

Spreading malicious rumours or insulting someone on gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, HIV status, race, or disability are serious offences.

 

How Are Your Employees Reporting Right Now?

Toxicity in the workplace must not only be removed, but must also be handled appropriately, and as a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that it does not poison your environment. Employers must develop a code of conduct that must be discussed with employees. Do not gamble with your company. If you do not have a workplace harassment policy in place, then chat with us at CHA Group.