Best practice dictates that medical professionals do a thorough assessment of what is happening to you both personally and professionally. This includes asking questions about your work environment during your doctor’s visit so they can accurately treat your physical conditions. However, this is more often the exception rather than the rule. As such, targets and bystanders need to disclose what is happening at work to their doctor and nurses so get the best diagnosis even if they are not asked.
For myself, I have never been asked about the quality of my work environment or my work in general. My own lack of disclosure coupled with my doctor not asking made it difficult for medical professionals to accurately evaluate the causes of my health problems.
Medical professionals should ask probing questions about the quality of one’s work environment to help with harm reduction. It is imperative that targets and bystanders of workplace abuse disclose what they are experiencing to their doctors as well. This will help medical professionals provide better care which should alleviate the physical conditions that targets and bystanders experience.
A word of caution for targets and bystanders. Critically evaluate any suggestions given because medical professionals, like many professions, have limited knowledge of how to effectively address bullying in the actual workplace. Increased education for medical professionals is needed.
If you or the organization you work for is experiencing persistent workplace aggression, please contact me at email@example.com or (320) 309-2360. You can also visit my website at www.jankircher.com. Help is out there.