Workplace abuse, whether sexual or not, happens far often than most people think. Being harassed at work is reported frequently today. In a survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute published in 2014, 1 in 4 Americans say that they have encountered bullying at some point in their careers. You may not know it, but workplace harassment could be happening in your office, or worse, it could be happening to you.
Here are 3 common signs to spot.
You feel threatened, humiliated or intimidated.
Words, actions and gestures that make you feel anxious, threatened or humiliated, especially when done repetitively with the intention to create these feelings, are a form of harassment. These include yelling and public ridicule, overtly sexual and suggestive advances, and even spreading of office gossip. These acts could produce feelings of anxiety, inadequacy and dread about going to work or facing office colleagues. In some cases, workplace harassment can even lead to severe depression.
Your work is undermined.
You are harassed at work when a co-worker changes schedules and jeopardizes an important project or your own schedule, or your boss fails to tell you about an important meeting that makes you look bad in front of clients. You may be ordered to perform a task that the bully knows you have no training for or one which is not a part of your job description. These actions, when done repetitively with the intention to undermine your work performance, constitutes bullying, which amounts to being harassed at work.