With the advent of new technology and the continued integration of digital workplaces into the current work environment, it is no surprise that unique technology-based problems have begun.
Chats and messaging features are one new component that digital technology has introduced to workplaces everywhere. Unfortunately, you could find yourself opened up to harassment because of it.
Gossiping over messengers
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission presents the causes of negative workplace environments. While you may not think of “water cooler gossip” when considering the foundation for such environments, this trend is rapidly changing.
These days, your workplace may become more toxic due to chats and group messages rather than open, face-to-face gossip. This is due to the potential privacy that participants have when they send one another direct messages through chat programs.
Some people abuse these features to badmouth others, starting up a rumor mill that can create a toxic workplace environment. You may begin to feel isolated, unfairly shamed, ignored or a target of bullying by your co-workers because of this.
Sexual harassment in virtual spaces
Even your bosses may abuse these features. For example, numerous cases of sexual harassment occur due to the inappropriate private messages. Harassers may use these tools in an attempt to solicit sexual favors. He or she may even send unsolicited inappropriate pictures of his or herself.
Fortunately, it is easier than ever to take action against such issues. Digital tools allow for the capture of any interaction online, making evidence collection easier than before. If you find yourself the victim of harassment because of technology, you can begin collecting evidence to make your case right away.