The impact of sexual harassment on work performance

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Employment |

Sexual harassment in the workplace violates individual rights and hampers career growth. California’s strong laws help combat workplace harassment and protect people who experience it. Understanding its impact can empower employees to seek help early and prevent the situation from becoming worse over time.

Direct impact on work performance

Sexual harassment disrupts a person’s ability to work effectively. Stress and discomfort lead to decreased productivity. People who experience sexual harassment at work often become distracted or preoccupied. Many take more sick days or unpaid leave than usual to avoid harassment. This disrupts their work routine. The mental burden also consumes cognitive resources, reducing work capacity.

Long-term career consequences

In addition to its short-term impact, sexual harassment often has lasting effects on careers. People who have previous experience with sexual harassment might avoid certain projects or promotions to escape their harassment. This limits their career development.

Harassment can tarnish an employee’s reputation. It may also strain relationships with colleagues who know about or are part of the harassment. In severe cases, people who experience sexual harassment might need to change jobs or careers. This can derail years of professional progress.

Navigating the aftermath

People who are experiencing or have experienced sexual harassment need support. They can seek professional counseling, join support groups, or talk to trusted colleagues. California employees should report harassment to their HR department and file a complaint with the California Civil Rights Department.

Building a resilient career path

Understanding the impact of sexual harassment is important to help address behavior promptly and effectively. If you experience harassment, take action to protect your well-being and professional future.