There is no such thing as a perfect job, and workers generally have to endure some difficulties, no matter what their profession. But such difficulties should not extend to being out of the ordinary and they should certainly not involve any form of harassment.
Harassment can include physical acts such as pushing and hitting, or it can include verbal attacks. Some forms of harassment can be more subtle, such as inappropriate “jokes” and comments about a person’s appearance.
Despite laws being in place to prevent harassment at work, a significant number of employees have reported being harassed at some point. How does workplace harassment impact an individual’s health?
The physical impact
Being harassed is stressful and intense stress can have physiological impacts. Those on the receiving end of workplace harassment often report increased blood pressure, headaches, panic attacks and muscle tension.
Not only are these physical ailments damaging in the short-term, but they can lead to long-term health effects if unremedied.
The psychological impact
Workplace harassment has also been proven to have negative psychological effects. Victims of harassment tend to have lower self-esteem and can go on to develop depression and anxiety. Some harassed workers become scared to go back into work and lie awake at night over the prospect.
Workplace harassment can have serious impacts on those on the receiving end. That’s why it’s so important for employers to take steps to prevent it and address it quickly should it arise.
If you have been on the receiving end as an employee, be sure to explore your legal options.