Moral harassment

April 21, 2021

One of the great challenges in our professional relationships is building a healthy and sustainable work environment. In this context, some questions may arise, for example, which postures in interactions are admissible and which can be characterized as moral harassment. So, to clarify a little the concepts about this controversial subject, let’s address what is moral harassment.

In general, moral harassment can be observed as an exposure to humiliating or embarrassing situations in the environment or with co-workers, repetitively or prolonged, and can occur in different ways and at different hierarchical levels. Such conduct may incur damages to the individual’s dignity, put their health at risk and harm the work environment.

We emphasize that demanding that the work be carried out efficiently and encouraging the achievement of goals does not characterize moral harassment, as every activity presents a certain degree of imposition based on the definition of tasks and results to be achieved; therefore, it is natural that there are demands and evaluations on the work and professional conduct of employees, a commitment made at the time of signing the employment contract. The main element to be preserved in this interaction is mutual respect, which must be kept above any situation.

Social and professional pressures are not restricted to face-to-face meetings, so that, even in times of social isolation, it is possible to verify cases of harassment. Embarrassment and humiliation can happen in the virtual environment too, through written messages, audios, videos, emails, conference calls, etc. As anguish, shame, persecution and inferiorization are characteristic feelings of those who suffer from such actions, making the victim sometimes incapable of carrying out the tasks they previously performed in a safe and confident way.

It is normal that, surrounded by these negative feelings and other concerns, the victim of harassment feels fear of retaliation or of losing their job and ends up choosing not to seek the help they need.

Aware of the need to listen to its collaborators, SPIC Brasil has an independent, confidential and outsourced employee, which allows anonymity to the reporter, so that the irregularities observed or suffered in our work activities can be manifested, with the confidence that they will be investigated in an impartial, confidential and secure manner for fragile parties and the assurance that retaliation will not be allowed.

SPIC Brasil values a healthy, respectful and ethical work environment and encourages employees who feel harassed to report the facts on SPIC Brasil´s ethics channel. Emphasizing that, when reporting, the employee contributes to the continuous improvement of the Company’s processes and work environment.

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