Shikha Rastogi -hostile work environment Management
Shikha Rastogi

How women should deal hostile work Environment Any women who feels scared, intimidated, or uncomfortable due to abuse or intimidation by a co-worker, it creates what is called a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is also referred to as an “offensive/toxic work environment,” or an “abusive work environment.” The individual causing a hostile work environment may be an employee, a supervisor, an owner, or even and independent contractor. Any women experiencing a situation that makes their work environment difficult or unbearable can deal with a hostile work environment by choosing following options depending upon the situation:

1. Ask the employee or other person to stop the behavior, and document the request. If women feels too afraid or too intimidated to make this request herself, she should ask her direct supervisor or human resources to make the request.

2. Keep a log of incidents involving harassment or abuse, including the dates, times, and circumstances. Keep copies of offending communications, such as emails, text messages, voicemail messages, notes, and gifts.

3. If the offending employee does not stop the behavior, report the issue to a supervisor, supplying him with any proof of the behavior, and let him know you have already asked that the employee stop.

4. If the offending employee continues the behavior, or begins other harassing behavior in retribution, report this circumstance again to the supervisor.

5. If, after following the chain of command as outlined in the company’s guidelines, the offending employee continues in unacceptable behavior, and the reporting manager does not take definitive steps to stop the behavior, file a complaint with Internal complaint committee of the organization.

It should be noted that if, at any time, the offensive behavior rises to the level of breaking the law, or of truly making the victim fear for his or her safety, the incidents should be reported to the police. A copy of the police report should then be given to the employer as a part of the ongoing hostile work environment complaint. If the offensive actions branch out from the workplace to the victim’s home or other activities, a police report should be made immediately. In such cases, a restraining order can be obtained through the court system.

About Author

Shikha Rastohi, President & Group HR Head–Itv Network, is an Alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur with an extensive experience in providing strategic direction with special focus on Organization design & Development, Executive Coaching & compensation, leadership transition through creating a culture of nurturing winning teams and developing the Learning Organizations.

She has been recently awarded among Most Influential HR Leaders In India” at World HRD Congress. In 2016, she has been awarded the “Exemplary Women Leadership Achievement Award” by the WWLC for demonstrating excellent leadership and management skills in the organization and for making changes and achieving results. In last few years, her focus has been on leading transition and change during M & A and HR services with Media, Telecom, IT and ITES business operation spread across multiple geographies in India, US & South East Asian Countries while leading HR teams & partnering with management and key stakeholders of organization on key talent strategies and policies. Her conjuration with Itv Network has been a successful journey to reinvent productivity and performance benchmark for both organization and industry.

As a future focused leader, she has played an active role in empowering every leader and workgroup to achieve various milestone in the entire ecosystem. She has created winning teams from all kinds of background and geographies to create talent momentum through development of growth oriented workplace coupled with culture to encourage productivity and deliver desired outcomes. In the years to come, her vision is to create resilient and agile workforce and bring unique and innovative transformations to change culture, behavior and ways of people functioning, whilst concurrently building organizational and people capabilities.

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