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Answer these common hostile workplace questions

Nobody wants to work in a hostile environment. Not only can this take a toll on their performance, but it can do the same to a person's mental state.

If you have been subjected to a hostile workplace, and if this continues to be a problem, it is important to know what you are up against. This will ensure that you make the right decisions, allowing you to put this in the past once and for all.

Below are some of the most important questions to answer with regard to a hostile work environment:

-- What does a hostile workplace look like?

-- How does a hostile workplace relate to discrimination?

-- What is the best way to deal with a hostile workplace?

-- What are the steps a company can take to put an end to this type of behavior?

-- Does the company have a formal complaint process?

-- What does the employee handbook have to say with regard to a hostile workplace, discrimination, and harassment?

If you are happy with your job and coworkers, you may never ask yourself these questions. Even so, there is always the chance a hostile workplace could develop at some point in the future.

There is never a time when workers should feel they are in the middle of a hostile situation. This can impact job performance as well as mental and physical health. Individuals who are subjected to a hostile workplace environment should take the time to learn more about their rights, while also discussing the issue with the appropriate party.

Source: The Bureau of Land Management, "Hostile Work Environment," accessed Sep. 22, 2015

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