We are in the 21st century however, we are still very much lacking in basic human decency to treat an employee in the workplace.
In Japan, people are suffering from Karoshi – overwork death in Japanese. All over the world, females are being paid significantly lesser than their male counterparts. In reality, many of us are still suffering from workplace abuse and harassment. Something that nobody wants to talk about. A sensitive topic that managers and HR want to shush it under the carpet.
It’s shocking, isn’t it?
Bullies are not just in school or in the playground. They are very much real in our workplace. A place where we suppose to feel safe where we put in many hours, sometimes more hours than we spent at home.
It isn’t just about the one-time careless sexist remark from your coworker.
It’s about fearing you will be fired anytime because you don’t fit in the company’s culture just because you don’t subscribe to certain political views.
It’s about fearing to step into your boss’s door because he may throw a file or a cup or anything on his table at you. Or yell at you until you are in tears.
It’s about fearing over time because you don’t feel comfortable working with a coworker alone in the office because he has a history of harassing female colleagues.
It’s about the badgering of text messages and calls over the weekend after weekend, even on your vacation.
It’s about being overlooked for a deserving promotion that you have worked your arse off because you are not of a certain race or gender or religion.
It’s about unequal opportunities at work or looking for one.
We need to do more than that. We need to be better than that. When we see injustice at our workplace, we need to speak up. When HR drafts out company policies, they need to include fair and safe practices. When management conduct appraisals and promotions, they need to make sure all the candidates are judged equally and fairly.
We need to feel safe to report any misdemeanour, inappropriate behaviour and unjust treatment without fearing reprisal. And we need to know where, whom and how to report.
Don’t let workplace abuse to be swept under the carpet. Don’t let it be “don’t ask, don’t tell”.
Let us do something about it.
If you are an employee, defend your coworkers when you see them being harassed. Don’t stay in silence. Don’t think this is none of your business. Fight for them as much as they will fight for you when they see you in trouble.
If you are an HR, advocate fair practices into your policies and provide a safe place for employees to report against superiors and managers. Make sure that direct supervisors and managers follow the restriction of the number of hours in a week.
If you are a boss, if something smells fishy, it probably is, investigate. Don’t ignore the issue. Don’t dismiss it as over imagination. Don’t treat it as a nuisance. Don’t stand for it.
Together, we can make a place where we spend more than 40 hours a week, where we strive for our dreams and where we exchange our time and efforts for financial stability, safe for everyone to perform their best in their work.
So please help me, help yourself and help others by sharing this post out. So that nobody need to suffer silently anymore.
For more articles on workplace abuse, please do check these out:
No Place For Abuse
Singapore is the 2nd-Worst Globally For Workplace Diversity; 1 In 4 Workers Bullied
How to Deal with Sexual Harassment at your Workplace
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