Dealing with workplace abuse

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SINGAPORE - Every situation is unique and the solution depends on the personality of the employer, said Mr Bruno Marchand, manager of the business support division at Robert Walters Singapore.

But here is some general advice on how to deal with potential workplace abuse:

• Avoid sharing personal information with a difficult employer - it can be used to embarrass you.

• Tell the employer that his or her behaviour embarrasses you and makes you less efficient or productive at work.

• If possible, talk to a counsellor, a human resources representative or another manager who can help you or talk to the person about his behaviour.

• When in such discussions, stay calm. Do not speak out of emotions, only mention facts.

• If you decide to leave the company, inform the human resources department of the reason for departure. This will allow them to better handle the situation.


Workplace Sexual Harassment Contact the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) helpline 1800 774-5935 for a confidential and private consultation. The Aware Helpline is open from Monday to Friday, 3pm to 9.30pm.

Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence (PAVe): 6555-0390

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