Workplace abuse against African Workforce

Jobcentre Africa is committed to studying, correcting, and preventing abusive conduct at work against people of colour, defines workplace bullying as “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or work interference–sabotage–which prevents work from getting done, or verbal abuse.

Because most people aren’t sure whether their abuse actually constitutes bullying, they often choose to suffer in silence. Unfortunately, however; when a victims do speak out, their complaints are often marginalized or ignored. Victims are treated as if their complaints are illegitimate. Sexual harassment is illegal, but bullying is not. Clearly there is a need to escalate this issue to the national stage.

Have you been bullied at work? Or, do you know someone who has?

You don’t have to remain silent any longer.

Here are four critical signs of workplace bullying that you need to be aware of:

  1. Emotional Manipulation. 
    Taunting, name-calling, and humiliation
    Socially ostracizing victim(s)
    Threats of job loss related to alleged performance failures
    Excessive monitoring or micromanaging
  • Serial Harassment. 
    Repeated pestering that causes mental and emotional anguish
    Chronic criticism of past performance
    Following victim around with the intent to harass
    Chronic fault-finding
    Inciting rumors
    Deliberately making hurtful remarks within victim’s earshot
  • Professional Sabotage. 

Undermining performance
Failing to provide critical resources necessary to job execution
Stealing or destroying work product
Overloading with work linked to impossible deadlines
Purposely assigning tasks outside of expertise
Failure to provide feedback