Why long-term workplace trauma is a real phenomenon

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Why long-term workplace trauma is a real phenomenon

When Emily started her first job in the legal industry, she was cautiously optimistic. After her graduation, the then-22-year-old was looking forward to joining the labour market. One of the managers at the office was also a woman of colour – a hopeful sign for the company’s culture – and she was excited about her salary, which felt substantial for a first-time worker.

While society has long associated workplace trauma-induced mental illness with certain occupations like firefighting and the military, the notion of trauma developed from a toxic job or workplace is becoming increasingly recognised throughout the workforce.

However, she also saw some red flags: for one, an office culture built around drinking – so much so, she says, that she was asked to take shots with higher-ups after her final interview. “I’m a highly susceptible 22-year-old, just getting out of college, who wants to win the approval of the cis white [staffers]. I drank a lot more than I should have,” recalls Emily, whose name has been changed due to the sensitivity of her claims.

She says she experienced constant pressure to overwork, racial harassment and was pushed to engage with graphically violent and racist content. She experienced exhaustion to the point that she begged for a medical leave at the end of her first year. After threatening to quit, she was approved for time off; at the end, she realised she couldn’t go back. Ultimately, she quit – a decision she feels saved her life…

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