By Maria Collar, SIOP Blogger
Statistics consistently show that workplace harassment still has the ability to shock. It is no wonder that only a minutiae of those impacted by abusive behavior ever make a formal complaint. A number of things often combine to keep lips sealed: guilt, shame, embarrassment, upbringing, past experiences, fear of being labeled, sensitivity of the topic or unresolved past issues. And of course, others keep silent because they distrust the procedures for handling complaints. Some even say that it is demeaning to have to turn to your supervisor for personal protection at work.