What is a hostile work environment?

A hostile work environment is a workplace where employees feel uncomfortable, scared or intimidated as a result of offensive or inappropriate behavior. This may include harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, victimization and/or violence—and even idle banter can create a hostile work environment. 

Why is avoiding a hostile work environment important?

A hostile work environment can be a big and expensive issue, impacting employee satisfaction, morale, engagement, mental health and productivity as well as potentially causing lasting damage to an employer’s reputation and even having legal repercussions.

Warning signs of a hostile work environment

Some of the negative behaviors that may be found in a hostile work environment include:

  • Sexual/racial harassment 
  • Discrimination of any kind
  • Ongoing aggressiveness
  • Ridiculing or victimization


How nilo.health can help

nilo.health’s digital tools and programs combine scientific insights and hands-on exercises, teaching psychologically safe team communication, mindfulness and a range of other skills essential to promoting workplace mental health and a culture of inclusion and connection.

One-on-one psychological support and webinars and group sessions on critical topics, such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, round out the offering.

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