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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.
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.
Let's be honest… sexual harassment is still a very real workplace issue. Reinforcing prevention training is key to stopping sexual harassment. These easy-to-use cards provide a simple model (E.N.O.U.G.H.) along with thought-provoking questions on speaking up and stopping sexual harassment. These cards are great for a quick training reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
A very effective and to-the-point vignette that deals with anti-gay and anti-diverse behavior in the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
Dealing with third-party sexual harassment and the fear of retaliation.