Connect with us


Workplace Violence: An Examination of Risks Faced by Women and Frontline Workers



Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is an issue that has been gaining increasing attention in recent years. It refers to instances of bullying, harassment, violence, verbal abuse or threats, and unwanted sexual attention, collectively termed as ‘adverse social behaviour’. Such behaviour can have significant mental and physical health implications for those who experience it. This article, drawing from the European Working Conditions Telephone Survey 2021 (EWCTS) and other sources, explores the prevalence and impact of workplace violence, with a particular focus on the heightened risks faced by women and frontline workers.

The Prevalence of Adverse Social Behaviour in the Workplace

The EWCTS found that, on average, 12.5% of workers in the EU experienced some form of adverse social behaviour at work in 2021. However, the share of women experiencing adverse social behaviour at work was consistently higher than that of men. This gender gap is particularly striking when it comes to unwanted sexual attention, with women being 3.6 times more likely to suffer from unwanted sexual attention than men.

Frontline workers, such as healthcare workers and protective services workers, are also particularly exposed to adverse social behaviour. Healthcare workers reported up to three times higher levels of unwanted sexual attention than the EU average, and both healthcare and protective services workers reported 2–3 times higher levels of bullying, harassment, and violence than the EU average.

The Health Implications of Workplace Violence

There is a clear link between adverse social behaviour and negative mental health and physical health outcomes, a phenomenon known as psychosocial risk. People who experience adverse social behaviour in the workplace are around three times more likely to experience physical and emotional burnout and emotional exhaustion, and almost twice as likely to suffer from anxiety or be at risk of depression.

The Need for Prevention and Protection

Adverse social behaviour at work poses a significant risk to workers’ health and well-being. It can have a long-term impact on individuals, with some studies showing that the effects can linger for years after the initial incident(s). Given the significant psychosocial and employment-related risks, public policy must address the need for improved job quality, prevention, and protection, including supporting victims.

Despite a range of policy initiatives at EU, national, sectoral, and company levels to address the issues, one-third of workers who are exposed to adverse social behaviour still say that they do not get the necessary support from their management (reported by 34% of men and 29% of women). This highlights the need for more effective measures to prevent workplace violence and support those affected by it.

Conclusion: Towards Safer Workplaces

Workplace violence is a significant issue that affects a substantial proportion of workers, particularly women and frontline workers. It not only has immediate impacts on the victims but can also have long-term effects on their mental and physical health, job satisfaction, and career progression. As such, it is crucial to address this issue through comprehensive and effective policies and practices that prevent adverse social behaviour, support victims, and promote a safe and respectful work environment. By doing so, we can create workplaces where everyone feels valued, respected, and safe.

Continue Reading

Recent News

Home Maintenance Home Maintenance
Home20 hours ago

The Benefits of Regular Home Maintenance

Regular home maintenance is essential for maintaining and even raising the value of your house. A proactive approach to repairs...

Adelaide Adelaide
Digital Marketing3 days ago

Understanding the Importance of SEO in Adelaide

In the digital marketplace, Adelaide businesses are in a continuous contest to gain the attention of their target audiences. With...

Traveling Nurses Pay Traveling Nurses Pay
Health3 days ago

Breaking Down the Numbers: Understanding the Average Traveling Nurses Pay

The open road, adventure, and the chance to heal – travel nursing promises an undeniable allure. But amidst the excitement,...

Oily Skin Oily Skin
Fashion5 days ago

Dealing with Oily Skin in Summer: Tips and Tricks

As the temperature rises, those with oily skin often face an additional challenge—maintaining a clear and balanced complexion. Excess oil...

Mountain Wedding Mountain Wedding
Wedding7 days ago

Mountain Wedding Ideas for 2024

A mountain wedding is a stunning choice for couples who cherish nature and desire a distinctive wedding experience. Whether you...

Salon Salon
Health7 days ago

3 Of The Best Ways To Keep Your Salon Clean

It is of the utmost importance to ensure that a salon is kept scrupulously clean, not just for the sake...

Blood Tests Blood Tests
Health7 days ago

3 Reasons You Should Get Blood Tests Every Year

Regular blood tests are essential for preserving general health and identifying potential problems early on. Medical professionals can evaluate your...

Crafts Project Crafts Project
Lifestyle7 days ago

How to Make Your Next Crafts Project Pop

Crafting is a creative outlet that allows individuals to express themselves through various mediums such as paper crafts, sewing, painting,...

Traveling With Children Traveling With Children
Travel1 week ago

5 Things You Need When Traveling With Children

Traveling with children can be both thrilling and challenging, whether you’re embarking on a road trip across the country, navigating...

Prepare For a Pregnancy Prepare For a Pregnancy
Health1 week ago

How to Prepare For a Pregnancy

Pregnancy preparation comprises physical, emotional, and behavioral factors. Preparing well helps improve pregnancy and motherhood. This thorough approach guarantees that...