Effects Of Violence And Harassment In The Workplace

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As communication and teamwork are large aspects of work, acts of violence and harassment can be expected to affect workplaces no matter how well structured a business is. Acts of violence and harassment in the workplace are at times inevitable because communication and the social interactions between work colleagues play a big role in a functioning workplace. Harassment can take different forms such as physical, verbal or with technology (cyber bullying). The nature of harassment and discrimination is not beneficial for any worker as it creates an antagonistic working environment. Sexual harassment involves unwanted sexual advances or vulgar remarks made from one to another. As casual employment is increasing the participation of adolescent/teenagers …show more content…
Harassment in the workplace overtime can develop into unlawful discrimination. Unlawful discrimination is often seen as employers not accepting people into their workplace due to race, gender or sex. Unlawful discrimination can also be seen as firing someone due to any of these reasons. This can reflect badly on a workplace as people see it as a racist/sexist act resulting in customers not using their services or buying a business’s goods. Unlawful discrimination sometimes goes unheard of as people are often too embarrassed or intimated to speak up and make a complaint. Workplace violence includes physical attacks or even written threats. A workplace usually has a large variance of people with different personalities and attributes. If a worker is stressed and takes their anger out on a person, everyone would react differently due to human nature of retaliation. Employees who are bullied often take time off work as they are traumatised or simply not comfortable returning to the workplace. Violence in the workplace portrays to customers an unhealthy workplace and environment. It can also be the case that employees are being harassed by customers for whatever reason. Customers often become agitated in the workplace depending on their maturity or patience. Although employees work to serve customers, it is not always the case that the customer is right. A customer may become …show more content…
Sexting is essentially sending someone explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone, specifically in a sexual manner. If someone is being sent messages which make them feel uncomfortable, the person behind the other screen can potentially get in trouble. This all depends on the severity of the case and scenario. Sexual harassment in the form of sexting is often associated with teenagers. A study conducted by the ‘National Campaign’ suggests that around 33% of young adults (aged between 13 and 19) have sent nude or explicit photographs to another person via the internet or messaging. If a person is caught sending explicitly intrusive text messages it is most likely the case that their name will be added to the sexual offenders list. There are a lot of people in the 13-19 years age bracket that would be looking for casual/part-time work. As new technologies are often adopted at an early age by teenagers, the popularity of mobile phones are more popular in that age group opposed to adults. This gives reasoning as to why sexual harassment via mobile phones could be an increasing issue in the retail

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