How do you handle a hostile work environment for men?

By: Dr. Jennifer B. Lagrotte, DMFT

Work can be something that someone looks forward to every day, especially if it is a job that the person really enjoys. There are also those who, even if they do not really enjoy the work they do, enjoy being around their co-workers and spending their day with them while they complete the work for that day. Of course, there are also many more that do not enjoy their work at all and find it even more of a task to get up each morning as they think about the co-workers they can not stand to be around. Dragging one's self to a workplace that they would rather avoid at all cost can be strenuous, especially if it is a hostile workplace.

There are many situations that could constitute a hostile workplace for men, especially if they do not fit in with any of the group there. Quieter men who prefer to be left alone to do their job can often find themselves attacked by other men in the workplace. The same kind of schoolyard bullying can still occur in the office or worksite, the difference is that very little is usually done to correct it. There are many cases where a singled-out man who is bullied and harassed by the others in the office will eventually find himself out of a job. This could be a result of not being able to get the kind of quality work done that is expected of them, they happen to be the odd one out when management prefers to keep a hold of their closest buddies or they find they can not take the poor treatment anymore.

Going to work every day can be difficult enough without poor treatment from one's boss and/or co-workers. Whatever the reason for their treatment of the male employee, it is unacceptable treatment that can lead to unnecessary stress on the targeted person. This stress will often build as this person attempts to keep themselves together as they try to get their work done. As time goes on and this abuse is not dealt with, the stress can start to create mental and/or physical health problems. The heart can become strained over time, which can sometimes lead to heart problems like heart disease or heart attacks. Stomach pains or ulcers can also develop as one continues to hold in their frustrations. Depression and anxiety can eventually set in as well; as this individual starts to expect the abuse each day they go into work.

No one should have to work in a hostile environment. Work is necessary in order to provide one's self and their family with the necessities of life, such as a home, food and clothing. Anyone suffering abuse at work should never feel too embarrassed or alone to ask for help. Speak with any online counselor or online therapist and they will tell the client that they are not alone; that other men in other workplaces can suffer abuse from their superiors and co-workers as well. Online therapy or online counseling can help a worker to deal with their stress, as well as find ways to right what has been going on at work.

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