Signs of Emotional Distress from a Hostile Work Environment

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Since we spend so much of our daily lives in our workplace, we want it to be a safe and friendly environment. Stress is expected during work hours, and a little bit of stress might even be helpful to keep you focused, energetic, and challenged. Excessive workplace stress, however, can be damaging to for your performance and productivity, and it can impact your physical and emotional health. Many times, this stress is a result of a hostile work environment, which is most likely caused by harassment from your employer or other employees. Here are some signs that you are emotionally distressed at work as a result of harassment:

Fear of being laid off: One common emotional distress signal from work is that you have a constant fear that your employer will fire you. This is due to your employer inappropriately threatening you of termination, or him/her constantly disappointed by your performance.

Pressure/anxiety to perform: Another sign that you’re emotionally stressed from work is that you feel an extreme pressure to perform to meet rising expectations, which usually comes with no job satisfaction. You might also feel pressure to work at the highest levels at all times, which will definitely make you feel you’re pushing yourself to your physical and emotional limit.

Loss of interest: You might also feel a loss of interest in things you were passionate about; this could be your career, your hobbies, your relationships, etc. This could be a result of you needing to put all of your physical and emotional needs into pleasing your employer, so that you don’t have time to care for yourself.

Extreme fatigue: Lastly, any extreme physical and emotional stress can lead to fatigue. This also relates to not being able to sleep at night and being generally irritable and unable to focus throughout the day.

What Can You Do?

If you’re feeling any of these emotional distress signs while you’re at work or as a result from your workplace environment, it’s important to find the root of the problem. Most of the time you’re probably feeling this way because your employer or another employee has put unrealistic expectations on you and your work performance. This is a form of workplace harassment, especially if it leaves you feeling physically and emotionally drained. The first steps you should take are to take care of yourself: reach out to co-workers, family, and friends, support your health by exercising and eating right, and don’t skimp on sleep. Also, don’t hesitate to contact our attorneys if you want to file a hostile work environment lawsuit.