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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.
A very effective and to-the-point vignette that deals with anti-gay and anti-diverse behavior in the workplace.
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.
When humor in the workplace becomes inappropriate - teasing that leads to hazing. This video shows how quickly 'having fun' can turn to harassment.
This program is designed to stimulate discussion about the non-sexual forms of harassment in the workplace, including religion, age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability and retaliation. This video program will provide employees with valuable tools to help eliminate the emotional and financial problem of harassment in the workplace. The eight stop-and-discuss video vignettes are designed to show employees what constitutes unprofessional, unacceptable or illegal behavior-and how to handle harassment when it does occur.
Dealing with inappropriate art and pictures in the workplace.
This vignette effectively demonstrates the the point at which workplace jokes can cross the line and become harassment.
Responsibilities of supervisors and managers to investigate all complaints.
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.
How a massage may be interpreted as inappropriate touching.
When humor goes too far and becomes inappropriate teasing and/or hazing.
Inappropriate comments about sexual orientation.
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.
Dealing with third-party harassment.
Recognizing gender-based harassment; improper use of company email.