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Sexual jokes, innuendos or graphic stories could easily cross the line from simply inappropriate and unprofessional to unlawful... in a hurry! Understanding the line when it comes to workplace jokes is key to avoiding a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Sexual harassment can take place anywhere. Any gender can unlawfully harass another other gender. Women can harass men, women, and transgender people; men can harass women, men, and transgender people; and transgender people can harass men, women, and transgender people.
What do you do when a co-worker (or employee) takes compromising pictures of fellow worker and decides to post them on social media? Are you prepared for the fallout? Understanding how this behavior could be the basis of disciplinary action and even a hostile environment sexual harassment lawsuit.
Do your employees know the difference between unprofessional and illegal behavior and sexual harassment? Even when subtle in nature, comments, body language, and tone of voice that imply something sexual is not appropriate in the workplace.
When a co-worker is constantly making sexual jokes and innuendos, then the inappropriate behavior is pervasive. If not addressed, the perpetrator (and the organization) could face charges of hostile work environment sexual harassment.
Could you recognize how an unwelcome pursuit can become harassing behavior? What if it was a manager pursuing an employee? Inappropriate or illegal?
Finding the right people is challenging enough without the added legal burden. Equip your managers with the skills they need to avoid typical legal pitfalls in recruiting and hiring. This program addresses the most common stumbling blocks managers face, including job descriptions, job advertising, interviewing and equal opportunity concerns.
This updated program provides answers to several of the most common questions managers struggle with concerning harassment and discrimination. • What is included under Federal or State Law as Harassment? • What should I do when an issue is reported to me? • What are my responsibilities related to the individuals affected by the report? • Can I be sued if I don’t respond appropriately? In addition, the program provides managers with four specific actions they can take to help ensure they keep themselves and your organization in compliance with the law. It's specifically designed to cut through the legal jargon to provide clear and concise information in terms that everyone can understand.
Social media is a powerful communication tool. Employees can (and do) post things that are best left unseen in the workplace. But what if co-workers begin viewing and discussing another employee's posts in the workplace? Inappropriate, unprofessional or illegal?
No organization wants its name on the front page when the headline involves workplace violence. This program explores preventive measures and examines the legal obligations of managers and their organizations. Topics include hiring policies, appropriate responses to angry outbursts, dealing with employee threats, procedures for investigating rumors and the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
Conflicts between our obligations to friends and the organization can make decisions difficult; in those situations, we must let the law and the organization’s policy be our guide. Confidential information must always remain confidential. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on handling confidential information.
Fraudsters have a huge toolkit of tricks to pull from. Let's take a case of social engineering – also known as phishing. Hackers can take advantage of the fact that a company is engaged in a merger and/or acquisition, and can target employees who are responsible for personally identifiable information with emails that appeared to be from others within the organization. It happens all the time... especially when policies and procedures are not followed.
Unless we're really careful - and follow our cyber security policies and procedures - emails can get us into real trouble (and lead to serious financial loss). Policies are in place to protect you... and the organization. When it comes to hacks and scams, following those procedures can mean the difference between catching a scam or losing thousands (if not millions) of dollars.
It's important not to skip processes or procedures when dealing with wire transfers, invoice payments and personally identifiable information. It only takes one missed step in the process to cause lots of financial devastation within an organization. And... Never. Ever. Share system passwords with other employees. That's just an big accident waiting to happen!
We all want to help our customers or vendors... but a fake email (or an unconfirmed phone call) can get the organization into some real trouble. It only takes one missed step in the process to cause lots of financial devastation. Cyber attacks are increasing each and every day. If your employees don't know how to spot a bad email - or more importantly - ignore organizational policies and procedures when it comes to security, chances are, you're going to get scammed.
We must be careful not to participate in any activities where our personal interests or actions might interfere or compete with our obligation to the organization. Even the appearance of a conflict of interest can create problems for ourselves and our organizations. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on dealing with conflicts of interest.
Sensitive information left out on a desk can easily be taken by thieving hands and seen by prying eyes. All sensitive and confidential information should be securely stored – especially things like system passwords. The bottom line is simple. You need to know and follow the organization’s secure/sensitive information policies and procedures – especially when it comes to passwords. Cybersecurity policies are not to be taken lightly.
Time theft hurts the company. A recent study estimates that it costs U.S. employers more than $400 billion per year in lost productivity. Five to ten minutes here and there add up to big losses over time. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on our work responsibilities. Remember, it doesn't matter if 'everybody's doing it’... simply put, it breaks trust.
To summarize, business documents (including paper files, reports emails and electronic files) need to be retained in accordance with the law and organization requirements/policies. And, if documents are destroyed improperly, it can result in serious problems for the organization and the individual. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on document retention and destruction.
In most organizations, managers and supervisors have an obligation to help employees resolve business practice or compliance concerns. Remember, all reports of violations must be taken seriously, and appropriate action taken in a timely manner. Again, no matter what our role in the organization—we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on handling reports of violations.