Virtual harassment occurs when an employer, supervisor, employee, or co-worker send offensive comments or messages to another colleague through social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
A situation where a co-worker harasses another employee by following everything he or she does on a social website or blog posts. A group of workers can also create a blog post or website for harassing other employees.
It happens when an employee sends video or photos using electronic Media to another employee, but the recipient felt offensive.
A situation when an employee intimidates harasses, and send inappropriate messages to a fellow employee.
Employees should know that a face to face offensive communication affects a person the same way as communicating through social networking sites. Prevention of online harassment requires more effort because you are dealing with the harasser indirectly.
Employers need to introduce policies that prohibit online harassment in the workplace. They should also organize training programs to help employees understand the types of online harassment and measures taken to reduce them. Some of the preventive measures include:
1. Implementation of Strong Policies
Employers or companies should enforce clear policies that help in regulating all the conducts related to social media harassment. The employees must also understand and be willing to work following the rules and regulations. The regulations include:
- Prohibition of employees' online harassment under any circumstances
- Employees should also know all forms of harassment via electronic communication
- Let employees know communication between two employees has no privacy
- The policies also remind the employees that all forms of harassment are unlawful and may lead to job termination
- Conduct employees training to help them understand the policies
2. Report any Social Media Harassment
Employees should not fear to report any social media harassment. Employers should inform the employees that there is no retaliation in case they report electronic harassment. You should also block any account that the harasser is using and report it to the social media platforms through the reporting channels offered by the necessary platforms. Before reporting the account, you should avoid exchanging words or sending an offensive message.
In case the situation escalates, and you cannot maintain your silence, positively answer them. You should also file a report to the police in case the person does not stop. Ensure you screenshot the offensive information and use it as evidence.
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