Harassment is practically everywhere. And while it is a scary thought, we should not live in fear. We should all know what to do when it happens to us. Obviously, we shouldn’t ignore it. Everyone can be a victim regardless of gender, race, and religion. Unfortunately, harassment at work is still apparent. Today, let’s educate ourselves and stop this from happening again and again.
What are the kinds of harassment at work
There are different types of workplace harassment and we will list down the most common ones:
Dealing with workplace harassment
Check your company’s handbook
The first thing you have to remember is to check your company or employee handbook. It important that you are protected with rules or guidelines. If these things are not stipulated in your current handbook or there are things you feel are missing, have the initiative to talk to the company’s Human Resource Department so they can amend it.
Write it down and report it
Do not waste time. It is crucial that you write down your experience as soon as you can. We understand that at some point it can be traumatic to recall and write it. But if you can, be detailed. Remember when it happened, how it happened, what the person said, how you reacted, and everything in between. Send the report to the proper recipients. It could be your supervisor, manager, or a specific person handling employee harassment cases.
Encourage others to speak up
If you are certain that the harassment happens not just to you but to other employees as well, encourage them to speak up. Of course, do not force them. But tell them that this wrongdoing should be stopped and as victims, their reports will matter. If they are still not comfortable, you can state in your report that what happened to you might have happened to others. Try not to mention names.
Save all your work achievements
In other workplaces, the perpetrator has power in the office. They can be your manager or your supervisor. When they try to attack your job performance, it’s always good that you have your own records. Keep a copy of your reports, your attendance, even your presentation to prove your claim that you are doing your job.
Talk to your witnesses
If you have witnesses, ask if they also speak up. This will strengthen your case and the corresponding action will be laid out.
Follow up on the report. Do not let it sit for a long time. Who knows if there will be a new victim? If you feel that the company is too slow in providing resolution, find an organization that can help you. This is a fight that you should not back down.
Ask support from your loved ones
Again, harassment is definitely traumatic. That is why you need to open to your families and friends about what you are going through. Support system is needed so you can still function well even if you are facing such a big challenge.