President/CEO Whistleblowers of America Pensacola, Florida, United States
Retaliation very often occurs in the workplace when employees report wrongdoing. Discrimination, harassment and bullying can have long-term psychosocial impacts on employees who blow the whistle on maltreatment and events that cause workplace traumatic stress (WTS). A hostile work environment can be indicated in PTSD, depression and suicide, which is the 4th leading cause of death among working aged adults in America. WTS can be different from workplace violence. Therefore, this presentation is designed to explore the toxic tactics of retaliation. Understanding how employees are impacted is only the beginning in understanding how to support whistleblowing employees and assist them in recovery and restoration. These complicated cases often involve adversarial judicial proceedings that can take decades to adjudicate. In the meantime, employees are left under-employed, struggling financially and inter-personally, and developed co-morbid stress induced health conditions that further impact their employability.
*Profession Specific CEs:
This presentation is approved for 1.0 CE Credits by The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc. (AACMHA) as an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland.
This presentation is approved for 1 PDH from EAPA- Employee Assistance Professionals Association.
1 CE Credits for NAADAC, This course has been approved by International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider # 87914, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), is responsible for all aspects of the programing.
*Review ICISF World Congress 17 CE website page for additional requirements.
Identify a toxic or hostile work environment and the potential it has for disruption to an organization and employee well-being when left unaddressed by those who can make a difference
Reducing the stigma associated with whistleblowing through further promoting the recognition of the damage caused by retaliation and emotional abuse is imperative to change the conversation as it relates to victimized employees.
Retaliation can have a lifelong impact so to understand how to work with employees who have made disclosures and are coping with an altered self-image and identity disruption