Harassment at Work
Handling Harassment at Work by Employing a HR Consultant
If you run a company with employees, you are most likely aware that harassment at work is a real issue that you must be prepared to handle. However, this type of behaviour is nonetheless usually unexpected, and many employers and employees are unsure how to handle it when it does occur.
Statistics on Workplace Inappropriate Behaviour You Need to Know
How big a problem is workplace harassment? The numbers might surprise you. According to the 2018 Survey of Working Life:
- 11% of workers have experienced workplace harassment. About 300,000 workers (11% of the workforce in NZ) said that they had experienced harassment, bullying, or discrimination at work in the past year. The mistreatment could be by anyone, from the general public to co-workers to managers.
- Women were more likely than men to experience harassment. According to the survey, 9% of men said that they had experienced harassment or bullying at work within the past 12 months; that number increased to nearly 15% of women. The age group most likely to experience harassment was between 45 and 54 years old, at 14%.
- Some jobs are at higher risk than others. The highest rates of workplace harassment were reported among women in roles that involved driving and operating machinery (20%). Nearly as many teachers, midwives, nurses, hospitality workers, and welfare support workers reported similar issues. However, in the personal service worker group, men were more likely to experience harassment than women.
What You Should Know About the Kinds of Workplace Bullying
When it comes to harassment and workplace bullying, many people automatically think of sexual harassment first. However, there are many different types of workplace inappropriate behaviour, and it is the company’s responsibility to maintain a safe environment for its employees and we can help. Here are a few of the most common types of harassment.
- Sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is when someone behaves sexually or romantically toward a person who is uncomfortable and does not want this type of attention. In some cases, the perpetrator is a manager or other superior, and the victim must choose between agreeing to the perpetrator’s sexual request and losing their job.
- Personal harassment. Personal harassment is also known as bullying. In this situation, the victim may be subjected to offensive or derogatory statements or other unwanted remarks. Constantly being insulted or put down at work is a type of personal harassment.
- Physical harassment. Another one of the most common types of workplace harassment is physical harassment. This type of harassment may come in the form of threatening behaviour or even violence towards people or property. For example, one employee may push or hit another, or they might scratch or dent an employee’s vehicle on purpose.
About Neville Farrelly Employment Solutions
At NFES, we work to educate businesses and provide the training that they need to help prevent problems from occurring. When required, we can also step in and help resolve issues on our client’s behalf. We can manage a wide range of issues, such as personal grievances, termination of employment, performance management, and union negotiations. Contact NFES today to learn more.