Do you wake up every workday morning raring to start the day and go to your California job? Or do you dread the thought of one more go-round of negativity from your boss or one of your co-workers? No one expects his/her workplace to be ideal, but likewise, no one expects to be emotionally abused while at work.
Cleverism.com, an organization that deals with employment issues, warns that workplace emotional abuse is difficult to define because it can take so many forms. Usually, however, it includes one or more of the following:
Whatever methods your abuser uses to victimize you, any type of workplace emotional abuse is serious, not simply good-natured teasing. When you receive constant criticism at work, you start questioning your own abilities and often your self-worth. Your confidence can wane to the point where you blame yourself for whatever goes wrong at work, whether or not it really has anything to do with you. You may even start to expect that you will make frequent mistakes, which then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The longer such abuse continues, the more likely you could develop both physical and psychological symptoms that may require medical or mental health treatment. Consequently, do not let it get to that point. Be proactive. Start keeping track of the following:
Once you have this evidence in hand, file a formal complaint with your supervisor, assuming (s)he is not your abuser or someone in your company’s management tier. If your employer does not satisfactorily resolve the problem, you may have a valid workplace discrimination and/or personal injury claim.
While this educational information is not legal advice, it can help you understand workplace emotional abuse and how to handle it.
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