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What do you do with employees who are not living up to expectations? Do you fire them on the spot? Do you give them another chance? How many chances do you give them before you terminate them? These questions and many more are being asked every day by supervisors and managers. This powerful program answers many questions supervisors have about handling performance problems with their employees and documenting the progressive discipline process.
When a person in a position of power decides to target an employee, they are often hurtful and clearly inappropriate — just like a schoolyard bully. This is compounded by the situations where the bully is also the boss. But the situation can and should be addressed. Like other bullies, a boss who’s out of control needs to be reminded when they cross the line.
Mistakes happen. Discussing them and correcting them is a natural next step. Getting personal and calling out someone individually in front of their peers for that mistake… ruins morale, is unfair and amounts to a lack of control.
Sexual harassment can happen in many different forms. While it can be shocking to encounter and/or witness blatant sexual harassment, having an uncomfortable conversation with the perpetrator can help to redraw the lines.
Have you ever received an inappropriate email at work? How about an email that has a graphic picture or makes fun of someone in your office? Do you ever hear inappropriate jokes or comments in the workplace? Unfortunately, the sometimes subtle nature of what constitutes harassment and discrimination can make it difficult to identify. Using a dramatic example taken from a real life situation, this short program provides a realistic scenario intended to generate discussion regarding what behaviors constitute inappropriate behavior at work.
We can’t listen to whatever we want at work if it offends others; while we do have more freedom to say or do things outside the workplace, we still need to keep in mind that if our behavior offends or discriminates against someone, then it may be grounds for disciplinary action. We all must be respectful of others in the workplace.
Discussions with co-workers that ridicule or disrespect anyone because of a protected class status can be offensive and lead to an accusation of discriminatory harassment. Insensitive remarks about an overweight co-worker can lead to the perception of harassment.
It can be one thing to casually invite someone to attend religious services with you, or to occasionally mention a religious belief or practice. But when you repeatedly and openly talk about your religious beliefs, or proselytize, to the point that it offends a co-worker, you can easily be accused of harassment.
Could an unwelcome pursuit can become harassing behavior? What if it was a manager pursuing an employee? Fishing in the company pond for romance does happen, but there is more at risk than just rejection. Supervisors and managers should never proposition subordinates. Even social invitations between co-workers need to be carefully asked.
You know, some of us figure a pregnant joke or two is just something that comes with the territory. It's no big deal. Well, those days are over. This video shows how a simple joke or two might lead to harassment. Remember, when it comes to your co-workers - the safest thing to do is… if you can't say something nice... just don't say anything at all.
Transitioning to a different gender is a deeply personal decision. There are many unknowns and the added stress of how the workplace, and even customers, will accept the transitioning employee is very real. There are a variety of Federal, state and local laws that expressly protect workers based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.
It shouldn't surprise you that making employment decisions because you think an employee is too old can get you into a lot of trouble. Bottom line, if you target someone for negative treatment because of their age - sooner or later, you're going to end up defending yourself to your employer, to an opposing attorney, a government agency, or even a judge or jury.
We all bring our own view of the world into work every day. And sooner or later, we're going to work side-by-side with someone whose background and experiences are light-years different from ours. But treating somebody with anything less than professionalism and respect - for whatever reason – is a big mistake.
With all the court cases that have been going on and the changes in the laws, there are a lot of different ways that people can end up doing something that can get them into trouble. This video shows how joking and innuendos could lead to sexual harassment.
Even when subtle in nature, comments, body language, and tone of voice that imply something sexual is not appropriate in the workplace. These kinds of actions can easily lead to charges of hostile environment sexual harassment.
Your organization operates at a fast pace—which means real choices have to be made quickly by employees, team members, managers and others... every day. And every time they make a choice, they hold the future well-being of your organization in their hands. A.C.T. with Integrity™ is a proven tool and model for helping people learn how to “do the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way.”
Simply not harassing women is not enough. Men must commit to mentoring women. Organizations must commit to mentoring women. Now more than ever, we need men to support women in the workplace... not avoid them. When women have the same opportunities to succeed and lead as men, it spurs innovation... and enables equity and a stronger sense of belonging.
“Who are you?” That’s been asked by the greatest minds over the centuries. We’re not going to attempt to answer that universal question, but…we CAN address it as it relates to ourselves at work. We can choose to be a person with purpose. We can choose to be a person of respect. We can choose to look for the positive in others and bring out their best. When you think about what your alternatives are, it can help in making that choice….who you want to be.
Being prepared begins with…accepting the reality that today’s world demands us to be ready for the unexpected. AND… changing the way YOU see your environment. This module covers the principles & techniques of the “3-OUT” model (GET OUT | LOCK OUT | TAKE OUT) and how you can be prepared for potential violence in your workplace.
National Best-Seller! Managers within your organization may well understand the importance of avoiding obvious discriminatory interview questions. But what if a manager asks a discriminatory question unintentionally? The principles of legal and effective interviewing are presented in this Law & Order-style program, find out the interview no-no's, side-step the legal landmines, and conduct a fair and effective interview.
Managers can protect themselves and their organization against legal action - if they get incidents properly documented. This best-selling resource provides steps to ensure solid, consistent documentation procedures throughout the entire organization. You will also learn how to correct performance problems with progressive discipline.
Employment practices in the United States are governed by a wide variety of federal, state, and local laws. As a manager or supervisor, you must understand these laws so that you can make objective, consistent, and legal decisions. You do not have to be an expert on every aspect of every employment law, but you do have to know enough to recognize when you need to seek help from a human resources professional or legal counsel.
Destroying documents contrary to the organization's document retention policy.
A quick look into accepting and giving gifts. In this scenario, a business associate/vendor offers tickets to an event as a "thank you."
Unauthorized use of intellectual property; copying work-related software for home use.
Recognizing and handling a conflict of interest.
Simply put, integrity is doing the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way. This thought-provoking, powerful short video uses impactful imagery, video and music to inspire and stimulate discussion about business ethics within your organization.
Sexual harassment is... illegal, costly, debilitating, wrong! This thought-provoking, short video uses impactful imagery, video and music to inspire and stimulate discussion about protecting your employees and organization from sexual harassment.
Violence affects ALL of us. We must recognize the warning signs and then speak up. Most violence is less obvious than someone walking in with a gun. A thought-provoking video that uses music, text and graphics to inspire and stimulate discussion about workplace violence and all its forms.
These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y.) along with thought-provoking questions on truth and honesty in the workplace. These cards are great for a quick training reminder or conversation starter.
Introduces what it means to act with integrity on a daily basis.
Cybersecurity is serious business. Millions of dollars are lost each day to cyber crime. Sometimes you hear about it in the news… most of the time you don’t. The four dramatic situations (and information) presented in Avoiding the Scam! tackle the most common gap companies often face in the war against cyber-attacks... the human factor.
Just Updated! In the ever-changing work environment, it's difficult to know - or understand - what's allowed and what's not allowed at work. This best-selling program brings greater awareness to the many types of harassment which can occur in the workplace. It dramatizes employee behaviors that can lead to formal charges and result in serious consequences for the individual... and the organization. Topics covered: protected classes (i.e. pregnancy, obesity), general harassment, gender identity, religion, free speech and more!
Slapping any employee on the butt is inappropriate workplace behavior and should not happen with any employee! Unwanted touching, swatting, rubbing or any other physical action of this type spells trouble in the workplace. It’s best to keep physical contact to a minimum and always on a professional level. For example, a fist bump is generally appropriate when offering congratulations.
Because appropriate touching varies so much among different people, the best advice is to keep close personal touch to a minimum and always on a professional level. For example, a congratulatory handshake or fist bump. Beyond that, unless you are absolutely sure that your contact is welcomed by the other person, it's best not to touch them at all.
Third-party sexual harassment occurs when someone outside of the employer's organization harasses an employee in or outside the workplace. Such third parties may include customers, vendors, consultants, or anyone that the employer has a business relationship with. This video also highlights the active bystander/ally concept.
Joking can make the workplace fun, but it is also an area that can easily cross the line from being inappropriate to being illegal. People who work together sometimes engage in ‘harmless flirting’. As long as that behavior is welcome for those who are flirting, and those who are around to see it, it isn’t sexual harassment. When someone changes their mind, however, the welcomeness ends, and it’s time to stop.
It’s important to remember that sexual harassment can take many forms. It can be verbal, as with jokes, comments, or propositions. It can be visual, as in written notes, cartoons, or objects. It can be electronic, as in e-mails, social media posts, and texts. And it can be physical, as with touching, gesturing, or leering and staring.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employee's supervisor, manager, or someone else in authority offers or suggests that an employee will be given something, such as a raise or promotion, in exchange for some sort of sexual favor. This also includes refusing someone a promotion.
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.
Even when subtle in nature, comments, body language, and tone of voice that imply something sexual is not appropriate in the workplace. These kinds of actions can easily lead to charges of hostile environment sexual harassment.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Interactions with auditors, inspectors, or investigators—internal or external—must be conducted in an open, honest, and ethical manner. And all information provided to auditors, inspectors or investigators must be accurate and truthful. There can be no exceptions, which mean the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on providing accurate information.
We all know that situations where we’re trying to win business put a lot of pressure on everyone involved. And we also know that comparing our products and services to the competition must be done in a truthful manner. The bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policies relating to how we talk about our competitors.
We have an obligation to keep up with current developments in our industry. That includes the right and responsibility to obtain information about the competition. However, there are right ways and wrong ways to get that information; we must always choose the right way. And the right way is to know and follow the organization’s policy on gathering competitive information.
When it comes to discussing personal health information (PHI), it should only be discussed with the people who need to know. If you have access to PHI and discuss it with those who do not have the right access to this information - it is a violation of HIPAA. The bottom line is simple, know and follow the organization’s policy on handling personal health information (and reporting violations).
The pressure to perform and get work done can cause us to consider compromising our work or product quality. However, taking any action that compromises work or product quality can have serious consequences for us, our organization, our vendors, and our customers. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policies related to maintaining the quality of our products and services.
It’s not always easy to identify when giving and receiving gifts crosses the line. In certain circumstances, simply the appearance of impropriety can result in significant problems for you and the organization. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on accepting and giving gifts.
Common questions often asked about workplace sexual harassment. The FAQ is a quick list of questions most asked regarding sexual harassment. It also includes the most common definitions often found in sexual harassment training.
Our working relationships are complicated for all kinds of reasons. That's why we really have to know where the lines are when it comes to managing our interactions with co workers, customers, and vendors. Take the unwanted pursuit of a relationship. It doesn't make any difference where it comes from a manager, a coworker, a vendor or a customer unwanted pursuit could be considered illegal harassment and simply can't be a part of the workplace.
All of us have things that we value and believe in strongly. But it's important that we make sure that we don't cross the line and allow those convictions to get in the way of treating others with respect. Most organizations have policies that prohibit harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In general, there's nothing wrong with kidding around at work. But we can step over the line when it comes to having fun at someone else's expense. Hazing, teasing, profanity, and horseplay are the kinds of unprofessional behaviors that lead to low morale, low productivity, turnover and even safety issues.
Most of us like a good joke, right? The problem is, while we may think we know what's acceptable, there's a fine line between funny and disrespectful. We can't always know what may be offensive just by looking at someone. That's why we have to focus on respect when it comes to things like, jokes, off hand comments, posts, puns, texting cartoons, drawings, pictures or videos at work.
Being frustrated with co-workers from time-to-time is natural and understandable. But when we perpetuate stereotypes about people based on things like their appearance or where they come from, not only is it unprofessional and disrespectful… it also can be illegal.
Workplace gossip is one of those areas where it's easy to find ourselves on the wrong side of the line. While it may seem like harmless talk, it's not. Not only is gossip unprofessional because it destroys respect and trust in the workplace; it can also get you and your organization into a lot of legal trouble.
This powerful video was created as an introduction to child abuse and neglect mandatory reporter training (California AB1963). Sobering statistics are presented - driving home the importance reporting child abuse and neglect.
We all know how important integrity is to our organization, right? You may have even thought, "Hey, we've got a Code of Conduct. We've all been trained. We're go to go!" However… to create a culture of integrity, those policies have to be more than just words on paper. They have to be things we truly live… each and every day.
The preparation you take now – and the steps you help others around you take – will help increase the chances of prevailing during an active shooter situation. By taking a few minutes to train your team for one of these events, you help them know what to do in the very unlikely event that it actually happens. The exact same thing holds true when preparing for an active shooter event.
Being prepared begins with…accepting the reality that today’s world demands us to be ready for the unexpected. AND… changing the way YOU see your environment. For example, if you’re in a location where there are crowds of people, pay close attention to the space around you. This module covers the principles & techniques of the “3-OUT” PREVAIL! model (GET OUT | LOCK OUT | TAKE OUT).
When it comes to price fixing, bid rotation, bribery... your organization has specific policies prohibiting these illegal behaviors. In this program, we'll look at some examples of Sherman Act/DOJ-related ethical situations that can make a person say “OH?...”
Ethics. It's a small word with a huge impact... both personally and professionally. When we’re faced with a decision that involves right and wrong choices at home or at work, sometimes it's hard to figure out what's the best decision in a given situation.
Balancing the need to have speedy production while assuring quality control. If you notice a co-worker violating the code of business ethics, it is your ethical obligation to them, to the company, and to yourself to gather your thoughts about the situation and organize an appropriate response to help minimize potential risks.
Obtaining (and possibly using) insider information.
Providing accurate information even if you are asked to stretch the truth.
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.
Spreading false information about a competitor to gain an advantage.
Handling reports of violations (confidential information).
Unauthorized use of computers; influencing peers to gamble online on work time.
Allowing personal feelings about ethnicity interfering with hiring decisions.
This vignette covers union mailers and home visits. There is set-up vignette (showing the actual conversation) and then a resolution vignette (showing how the manager works through the issue).
A teacher takes necessary steps. Review Organizational Polices, Document actions and responses, Involve HR or management, Formalize complaint.
Digitally Remastered! As managers, supervisors and leaders, we have a responsibility to hold each other to the same standard as everyone else. Sure, they might be our friends. But we can't make exceptions. We must let them know that they need to help set the example. And anything they do that violates any part of our Code of Conduct or program - like retaliating against someone for reporting a violation - seriously undermines our organization's culture of integrity.
A coworker stands up for another coworker who is bullied by an employee of another company (vendor).
A very effective and to-the-point vignette that deals with anti-gay and anti-diverse behavior in the workplace.
Digitally Remastered! With everyone having to do more with less these days, taking people off their job for any reason is something we all struggle with. But we have a responsibility to do more than just make sure our team members attend our organization's training sessions. We have to let people know that those sessions are really an investment in everyone's long-term success.
Sexual harassment can occur in businesses of all sizes and industries, with potentially devastating consequences. This program presents a series of compelling scenarios to provide the foundation your workforce needs to prevent and address such behavior before it escalates.
Explains the responsibility of managers to know the law and how it applies in their workplace
Bank personnel threats can come from both a robbery or an active shooter event. Staying safe in either situation is paramount. The key is to focus on the options you have in your workplace – and use the skills & response principles presented to overcome and prevail!
When a shooting happens, it’s tragic, pointless and many times preventable. When these events happen, you might wonder, “What’s wrong with that person?”; “Why would someone do something like that?” We’ll take a closer look at the people who perpetrate these attacks and answer some of these questions.
Dealing with inappropriate art and pictures in the workplace.
This vignette covers a union organizer on premises (on site visit). There is set-up vignette (showing the actual conversation) and then a resolution vignette (showing how the manager works through the issue).
Vignette shows possible quid pro quo sexual harassment. If the young woman feels pressured to continue the relationship because of a perceived or actual threat to her position, it would be considered quid pro quo sexual harassment.
This vignette discusses the inadvertent compromising of confidential information (impending lay-offs, new product development, etc.).
This situation illustrates the damaging effect of making employment decisions based on stereotype rather than the qualifications of a person to perform a job.
This vignette looks at the scenario of budgets. With tight budgets, what do you do if you are under budget for the year? Spend the surplus? Get creative with spending?
Answers the question,"Do you have to hire someone just because he or she has a covered disability, even if they cannot perform an essential function of the job?"
Help managers learn how to effectively handle and respond to tough ADA issues and guide them through the recruitment process.