Poorly-managed conflicts are destructive. They contribute to the erosion of belief in common organizational values, reduce sense of belonging, and, in some cases, lead to mobbing. Even if the organization makes an effort to foster an open and welcoming atmosphere, individuals may behave inappropriately and break organizational or legal norms: some jokes are offensive, and some behaviors are aggressive.
Mobbing (workplace bullying), harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination have profound negative effects on the professional and personal well-being of persons subjected to these behaviors, as well as on the team members witnessing (or sometimes being complicit in) such behaviors. Polish labor code imposes on employers an obligation to prevent such behaviors, and to review and update their internal regulations and procedures regarding notification and investigation of cases where they occur.