In as much as we want to talk about harassment at the work place-there is this presumption that it is only in the area of gender/sexual harassment that such incidences happens.
However, harassment at the work place goes beyond canal knowledge.
Harrassment could come from both genders, seeking career favours-promotion, recognition etal and this could take different forms eg name-calling, intimidation, backbiting, rumour-spreading, kite-flying etal
Closely linked to the above is the issue of emotive-harassment-this comes in form of playing with employees emotions, teasing, taunting, especsially when the the employee in question has shown dislike for such, for instance the word "professor" obviously sounds positive but the moment an employee called by that nickname rejects it, the ideal thing is to drop such name-calling.
In addition is intimidation by supervising officers/line managers, at times they run their subordinates down even when they are actually doing well, the aim is to score them poorly at the point of evaluation-this falls under harassment as well.
Another issue I see in the work place is intellectually inclined, some officers would not want to accept that a subordinate of theirs is sound intellectually than they are-they now face it with arrogance and when proposals/suggestions/ideas are raised by such subordinates they would surpress it and eventually get the young man frustrated-this to me falls under career harassment.
In summary I just want to deduce that harassment at the workplace goes beyond sexual favours and as employees get to see things more clearly they would know at what point they are being harassed.
5th January 2005 From Nigeria, Lagos