Brief Overview of Threatening Employees at Workplace

Workplace coercion often involves using the power or strength to force employees to behave or react in a particular way. Using the coercion at the workplace can change the value and belief system of an organization and really attempts to create a demotivating work environment. Various psychologist states that the coercion uses threats to influence effectively the behavior of another party. Certain kinds of threats are listed below for further reference and understanding.

  1. Demoting or degrading the employee by the employer
  2. Making the employee isolated from the peers or other group related activities
  3. Writing poor reviews in the annual job appraisal
  4. Offering average or low rated assignments which don’t entice promotion or annual increment.

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Forms of Coercion (Threat) at workplace

The employee can assert or exercise Coercion at workplace through several means to achieve his or organizational goals. Though, the coercion is always criticized and doesn’t bring the fruitful results in the organization, however, followings are certain kinds or forms of coercion that can be exercised at the workplace by the employer.

  1. An employer can use his authoritative status to exercise the coercion on the employee
  2. An employer can use the deception techniques also by not clarifying the task to be performed by the employee
  3. Using physical power also is one of the mode of exercising the coercion at workplace
  4. There are other categories and tools through which coercion can be exercise at the workplace by the employee e.g. showing favoritism, discrimination and not providing the due entitlement of rewards to the employee.

Warning to the Employers Disallowing any Form of Coercion (Threat) on Saudi Expats and Saudis

The Public prosecution has issued the warning to the employers not to exercise coercion on the workers or employees of the organization. The warning also states that the employer must not be involved in the practices which is similar or equivalent to the slavery.

According to the public prosecution, such exercise of coercion by the employee will fall under the category of human trafficking which will be subject to significant penalties by the relevant authorities. Recommended: Grace period for Iqama Renewal

Fines & Penalties for Employers Exercising Coercion on the Saudi Expats and Saudis

According to the prevailing regulation as stated by the Public Prosecution,

ANY EMPLOYER FOUND OR CAUGHT WITH THE SUFFICIENT EVIDENCES CONFIRMING THE EXERCISE OF THREATS ON THE SAUDI EXPATS & SAUDI EMPLOYEES WILL BE SUBJECT TO A FINE AMOUNTING TO SR. 1 MILLION OR AN IMPRISONMENT UP TO THE MAXIMUM PERIOD OF 15 YEARS OR OF BOTH WILL BE AWARDED. 

 

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The above mentioned fine and penalty are for those employers who use physical force or threaten or terrorize the Saudi expat or Saudi employee or deprive them of some benefits or persuade them to produce forged certificates.

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Source: Saudi Gazette