Are you concerned about a victim of mobbing in workplace and health risks, or are you perhaps a recipient of mobbing behavior yourself? Mobbing, or any form of harassment, can have serious effects on one’s constitution and well-being.
What is mobbing? Mobbing is a severe form of on-the-job harassment. In mobbing, the harassment is compounded because it is engaged in by more than just one person — perhaps several.
We often hear about sexual harassment, but this is rare compared to the other forms that harassment can take. The other forms of harassment are harder to prove as well.
On-the-job harassment can take the form of unreasonable criticism, for example. While sexual comments on the job are never appropriate, criticism is a frequent component of the workplace and so is harder to defend against.
Since it is hard to prove that criticism was given out of an attempt to harass rather than to help, mobbing behavior can often be quite insidious and difficult to deal with.
The key word is “unreasonable”. Harassing criticism is often contradictory. A coworker may tell you to do the job one way one moment and a different way the next moment. No matter how you do it, it can then be seen as “wrong.” Or a coworker with no supervisory authority over you may use criticism to try to paint you as an incompetent. Or one supervisor may give you instructions that conflict with the instructions given by another supervisor. It is certainly a good idea to cultivate a good memory for who tells you what in this type of workplace, but it is not enough.
I am convinced that shy people are a more frequent target of mobbing than others because of their quiet and seemingly timid, unassertive demeanor.
What about the victim of mobbing in workplace and health risks? Mobbing can cause a great deal of stress, and the side effects of stress are enormous! In the distant past, stress caused by a perceived threat from the environment called for the flight or flight response. But both responses are inappropriate when one perceives a threat to one’s job.
As a result, excess adrenaline is pumped throughout the body. Muscles may ache due to the slow mobilization of lactic acid. The liver, which normally discharges sugars into the blood to provide the muscles with extra energy, may also release excess amounts of cholesterol.
Furthermore, the breathing rate may speed up to supply more oxygen to the muscles, while the heart rate increases. Blood pressure rises and the kidneys may perform their job less efficiently because their blood supply is blocked. Digestion may cease or slow down. Even the immune system may be impaired, making the body more susceptible to disease or an allergic reaction.
The threats to a victim of mobbing in workplace and health risks can, over an extended length of time, indeed be severe.
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