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3 types of workplace harassment

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2023 | Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment can significantly impact your ability to perform your duties and cause you stress both during and after working hours. Business News Daily notes that while women experience harassment more often than men, anyone might find themselves a target for such behavior.

This type of harassment may take many forms, and reviewing the signs of each may help you recognize when such actions occur at the workplace.

1. Psychological harassment

Not all types of harassment at the workplace include physical contact. Psychological harassment, for example, can impact you just as seriously. This type of behavior may come from a supervisor or a co-worker and may include leaving you out of important work conversations, a marked increase in deadline demands and denying that he or she said or did anything to harass you if you report those actions.

2. Verbal harassment

This type of problem can include several types of actions. While verbal aggression and swearing may occur, it may also include the use of slurs disguised as humor and making comments about your age, sex or sexuality. Tracking comments like this, such as when and where they occurred, may help you prove the behavior.

3. Anonymous cyber harassment

Social media opens doors for those who enjoy harassing others via fake accounts or anonymous messages. If the abuser hides behind a profile with little to no public information, proving who the person is behind that account can prove difficult; however, saving and printing out these messages to create a timeline is often useful once you prove the identity of the author.

Those who seek to harass you at work may do so to undermine your confidence. Try to avoid personal retaliation and attempt to resolve the issue through a manager or human resources director.