Consent in the Workplace and How it Should Be Expected from Employers

 

Respect is deserved. No matter what position you are in the company, where you are from, your social status, etc.

Power can play into consent. Interpersonal relationships and office dynamics as well can come into play.

  1. 1. What Harassment Can Look Like

    Advocate for yourself and others. 

    In 2018, NPR reported a survey done by Ipsos on 1,130 Americans that offered people a range of potentially objectionable office behaviors along with a range of options for each behavior, from a scale of 1 (always inappropriate) to 7 (always appropriate). Most Americans polled have experienced behaviors like the following 12, which are ranked from most to least inappropriate, according to respondents:

    Spreading rumors about coworker's sex life

    Discussing coworker's sexual preferences, history

    Deliberate touching, leaning or cornering

    Telling sexual stories or jokes

    Referring to a female as girl, babe, sweetie, etc.

    Supervisor flirting, believing it's mutual

    Supervisor asking an employee on a date

    Standing close, brushing up against coworker

    Male commenting on female's appearance

    Female commenting on male's appearance

    Asking questions about coworker's social life

    Coworker asking an equal-rank coworker on a date

     

    “Young men often stand apart: While an overwhelming majority of people agreed on certain behaviors being inappropriate, men ages 18 to 34 stood out in being less absolute than others in thinking some things are always bad. For example, only 51 percent of these men considered it "always inappropriate" to talk about someone's sexual preferences or history at work, while 72 percent to 88 percent of men and women in other age groups said so.” (NPR, 2018)

     

    “Only 51 percent of men ages 18 to 34 considered it "always inappropriate" to talk about someone's sexual preferences or history at work, while 72 percent to 88 percent of men and women in other age groups were against doing so.” (NPR, 2018)

     

    As well, another statistic found that “Non-employed people were also more likely than employed people to think that asking about social lives was inappropriate.”

     

    “Around six in 10 men and women over 55 thought doing so inappropriate to some degree, compared to three in 10 18-to-34-year-olds and four in 10 35-to-54-year-olds. And women 55 years old and up were also much more likely than other groups to think that referring to an adult female coworker as "babe" "sweetie" or "honey" is most definitely "always inappropriate."’ (NPR, 2018)

  2. 2. What Job Burnout Looks Like

    What burnout looks like.

    According to Mayo Clinic Staff, “job burnout is a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. 

    "Burnout" isn't a medical diagnosis. Some experts think that other conditions, such as depression, are behind burnout. 

    Some research suggests that many people who experience symptoms of job burnout don't believe their jobs are the main cause. Whatever the cause, job burnout can affect your physical and mental health. 

     

    Job burnout symptoms

    - Ask yourself: - Have you become cynical or critical at work? - Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started? - Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients? - Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive? - Do you find it hard to concentrate? - Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements? - Do you feel disillusioned about your job? - Are you using food, drugs, or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel? - Have your sleep habits changed? - Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints?

  3. 3. Handling Job Burnout

    To get started:

    - Evaluate your options. Discuss specific concerns with your supervisor. Maybe you can work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. Try to set goals for what must get done and what can wait. - Seek support. Whether you reach out to coworkers, friends or loved ones, support and collaboration might help you cope. If you have access to an employee assistance program, take advantage of relevant services. - Try a relaxing activity. Explore programs that can help with stress such as yoga, meditation or tai chi (form of martial arts, mindful practice). - Get some exercise. Regular physical activity can help you to better deal with stress. It can also take your mind off work. - Get some sleep. Sleep restores well-being and helps protect your health. - Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of focusing on your breath flow and being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment, without interpretation or judgment. In a job setting, this practice involves facing situations with openness and patience, and without judgment. - Keep an open mind as you consider the options. Try not to let a demanding or unrewarding job undermine your health.

    (Mayo Clinic)

  4. 4. Gaining Proper Accreditation for Your Work

    Proper accreditation for your work 

    “There’s a fine line between looking like you’re not a team player and getting the recognition you deserve.” (CNN BUSINESS)

    Internships are the jobs for learning, professional growth, and getting proper experience. If one of the three isn’t occurring, move onto the next. No matter what position you hold in a company, you deserve credit for your work. If you ever find yourself in that position, go to HR or any higher position that can help you during this time. It is not fair to have to bite your tongue, your work is your work. End of statement.