Stress due to workload is one thing, but when it’s brought on by bullying and harassment it’s quite another matter. Not all forms of harassment are verbal and physical, it can also include face-to-face interactions, abusive emails, messages over social media both in and out of the office, texts, phone calls and any other physical or virtual interaction.
Other forms of harassment can be less obvious to onlookers, such as being denied opportunities, being regularly undermined even if you know you’re performing well, unfair treatment, or hearing unfounded rumour being spread around the office. Also, things like regularly being contacted out of hours for no good reason or belittlement in private/public chat groups can hugely affect your wellbeing.
If you think you are being treated unfairly, try speaking to colleagues you trust to see if they’ve picked up on anything too, or if they feel they’re suffering at the hands of someone else at work. Share your concerns with your manager, or if it’s your manager causing the problem – arrange a meeting with your HR department.
If you still believe you’re not being taken seriously, then it may be time to know your rights and contact a union representative or a solicitor. Nobody should have to go to work to be bullied for any reason, don’t let the situation spiral out of control.
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