Publicado el 16 January 2020Compliance, Comportamiento, Ethics, √Čtica

Work harassment: what is it and how to act?

We have known for many years the benefits and implications of maintaining an adequate work environment: we have a more productive team, it generates loyalty for the company and, in that sense, affects retention positively. However, there are several cases in which, at work, bosses or colleagues, can critic, insults and also do psychological or physical violence against a worker. This is known as workplace harassment.

Many times, workers fail to identify when they face one of these cases and, in the majority, do not know how to report this situation and defend themselves. Therefore, companies must carry out the necessary prevention and protection measures, as well as create procedures to denounce and investigate these actions.

What is workplace harassment, specifically?

It is a hostile behavior that can be carried out by any worker (co-worker, boss or subordinate) against another worker, who violates his dignity or integrity, or threatens or damages his employment situation.

According to the Peruvian Labor Productivity and Competitiveness Law, labor harassment is manifested through the following actions:

  1. Failure to pay compensation
  2. The reduction of the labor category and remuneration
  3. The transfer of the worker to another place that harms him
  4. The lack of hygiene and safety that puts the life of the employee at risk
  5. The act of violence against him or his family
  6. The unjustified refusal to make inclusive changes

What should a victim of workplace harassment do?

The worker must have the necessary channels within their organization to be able to report this situation. The Ethics Channel, for example, is an adequate platform for this.

There is also the possibility that the complaint may be presented to SUNAFIL or to the Judiciary.

What measures should I take to avoid workplace harassment?

The organization must carry out training and training activities so that employees know what it is and how to act against a potential case. As in the rest of ethical issues, communication here is key.


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