Lateral Violence discourages or makes a person(s) feel bad in the workplace, stops people from practicing or being productive, and oppresses creativity.
People with negative behaviour may not be aware of the malice they are exhibiting.
They may not be doing these actions intentionally or be conscious of malice with the overall intention to harm, hurt, and induce fear in a co-worker.
It is negative behaviours that can be linked to harassment and bullying.
WHAT LATERAL VIOLENCE MAY LOOK LIKE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Nonverbal intimation
- Bickering, whining, blaming, and belittling
- Ignoring, excluding or freezing out people
- Withholding information or giving the wrong information purposely
- Refusing to work with someone
- Failing to respect privacy
- Breaking the confidences of others
WARNING SIGNS OF LATERAL VIOLENCE:
- Someone is being critical, judgmental, making hurtful jokes, and spreading rumours
- Avoiding or being absent from work
- Change in social habits, hygiene and activities
- Dropping work productivity
- Prone to illnesses
- Mood and personality changes
LATERAL VIOLENCE NEGATIVE EFFECTS:
- Health Complaints
- Decreased Work Productivity
- Lower Work Standardized
- Less Work Morale
- They are more likely to miss, skip or quit their job.
- Depression and Anxiety
- Increased Feelings of Sadness and Loneliness
- Changes in Sleep and Eating Patterns
- Loss of Interest in Activities they used to enjoy.