Many workers experience workplace harassment — demeaning, abusive or authoritarian behaviour. When employees do not take action about harassment issues, they are far less productive in the workplace. So, when it comes to dealing with
negativity and harassment at work, there are some things that you, as an employee, can do to mitigate some of these ill effects.
Know the norms: Just as every culture has its own set of rules and norms, so do companies. When starting a new job or beginning work with a new client, pay attention to the rules and norms they live by. Do not be afraid to ask if you are unsure of what is approp-riate and what is not.
Know your boundaries: It is just as important to respect yourself as it is to respect the culture you operate in. Just because a particular behaviour is a norm at the workplace does not mean it is right for you. So, be sure to understand your own personal boundaries when it comes to physical contact and verbal banter.
Watch for cues: Pay attention to those around you. Negativity and harassment are not just things that are perpetrated upon you, you can also be a perpetrator. Make sure to take notice of how your colleagues react to your teasing and banter.
Have a conversation: It is important to reach out and communicate with those who may be offending you because many times it may just be a misunderstanding. Do not be afraid to speak up when you feel someone is crossing a personal boundary. Just be sure to do it in a