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Inappropriate touching in the workplace - regardless of gender - is any unwelcome, non-consensual physical contact that violates personal boundaries and creates a hostile work environment. It can range from groping and massaging to holding hands and hugging. Inappropriate touching can be considered sexual harassment when it is severe or pervasive, meaning that it is either very serious or happens frequently. Do you know what to look out for when it comes to potential harassment?
Each of us has a moral code. Sometimes that code is very clear to us. We may know we wouldn’t steal a jacket from a store or that we wouldn’t violently harm someone else. Sometimes, though, we aren’t quite as clear about how we’ll respond, especially when we’re caught off-guard and don’t have a lot of time to think about our response. We may want to please the other person, or we may think the other person won’t like us if we don’t do as asked.
Bullying is repetitive, aggressive behavior. It can be physical, verbal, or social...and creates an imbalance of power through intimidation. Abusive conduct or bullying behaviors can include...pushing, shoving, or invasion of space, persistent, repetitive insults, teasing or taunting, constant criticism, rumors, humiliation or ridicule. These behaviors should never be tolerated. This unacceptable conduct can bring your entire team down. When one person is bullied, it creates stress for the target along with other team members who might witness the behavior.
Under federal law, discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal. In several states and local jurisdictions, there are laws which provide additional protections from harassment and discrimination based on perceived - as well as actual - sexual orientation. And if this kind of behavior happens in one of those places, coworkers may very well end up on the wrong side of a hostile environment harassment lawsuit.
Third party sexual harassment is a form of sexual harassment that occurs when someone who is not an employee of the organization, such as a customer, client, or vendor, harasses an employee. This can create a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environment for the target of the harassment, and affect their performance, well-being, and rights.
When it comes to inappropriate workplace comments (even joking and innuendo), sometimes it takes voicing your objections to the person more than once before they get the message. The idea is to be consistent. Each time that their behavior crosses the line you must confront them. Now, if you don't feel comfortable confronting them, document each incident and then go to human resources about the situation. This type of behavior is unacceptable.
Whether subtle or overt, discrimination based upon race is illegal. This video situation shows an employee who felt they were targeted or assigned specific territories (red lining) because of their race. The law prohibits organizations from assigning primarily minorities to predominantly minority establishments or geographic areas.
Do your employees/staff/leaders know the subtle differences between inappropriate, unprofessional or illegal workplace behavior? Simply asking a question about a woman's natural hair color… isn't unlawful in and of itself. But what if a comment was made regarding an ongoing bet about a co-worker? Could it be considered hostile environment sexual harassment?
The powerful new program features employees speaking out about what their managers could do to help them be successful. It provides a fantastic look into what employees are really thinking about when it comes to their manager/supervisor relationship. It might not always easy to hear, but there's value in simply listening to what staff/associates/team members are all saying... about you!
Bias is something we all have, and by itself, it’s neither good nor bad. It’s a conscious or unconscious judgment we make based on information we have learned from our own experiences or by what we have been taught by others. To further enhance our skills as a leader we must tackle any biases that create negative relationships or impede an inclusive workplace.
Everyone needs and wants to feel accepted, included, heard… and be a part of something bigger than themselves. It’s a basic human need - as important to us as food… clothing… or shelter. Helping others feel like they belong is the cornerstone of inclusive leadership. Part of how we define ourselves depends on what types of groups to which we belong: family units, social groups, religious affiliations, and common interest groups such as fitness, music or hobbies. The need to feel like we belong doesn’t end when we enter our place of work.
Sometimes people don’t recognize when and how racial bias is expressed in our society and in day-to-day workplace interactions. Microaggressions tend to be the everyday, subtle interactions or behaviors that communicate some sort of bias toward another person or group. They can be intentional or unintentional and sometimes even well-meaning.
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another person's position. It’s a powerful tool to build and maintain relationships – both inside and outside the workplace!
Great teamwork starts with people feeling they are important… and that their experience, skills and ideas matter! However, when someone is an “Only One" it can be harder for them to feel like they are part of the group... feel like they are included! Are you an ‘only one’ on your team?
Leaders and managers today are going at full speed - all the time. So, a lot of them think, "When do I have extra time to worry about redirecting employees?" Well, you can't afford not to redirect them! Positive redirection comes into play when you first notice that something's not right, it might not be completely wrong, but it's not in the direction you want. So…you redirect it.
Due to the recent pandemic, organizations are navigating a broad range of issues that span from keeping their employees and customers safe to re-configuring business operations and getting things to a 'new' normal. This short video program is a great introduction to what employees might see in the post-pandemic workplace.
Transitioning to a different gender is a deeply personal decision. There are many unknowns and the added stress of how the workplace will accept the transitioning employee is very real. When discussing with and supporting (being an ally) an employee or co-worker going through the transition, the bottom line and key to personal and team success is simple... it all comes down to respect. This powerful video captures the emotion and fears of a transitioning employee.
We don’t like to think of ourselves as having biases toward others. The fact is many of these biases exist in our society and in our memory and are sometimes expressed unknowingly. By being self-aware and willing to engage with others when bias is unintentionally implied or expressed, we can better resolve problems and promote more effective working relationships.
Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. In simple terms, stress occurs when something is impacting us… mostly based on the fear of the unknown. Stress is a part of life – both at work and at home. Tackling it head-on is the best way to overcome the negative results of stress!
Get to the bottom of what good mental health means! Good mental health is what should be desired in life – both at work and at home. Tackling it head-on is the best way to overcome and have a life worth living! This short, information-packed video is a fantastic follow-up to the popular TrainingBytes® Stressed Out? Tips to Get Relief program featuring Bob Monserrate (Stress & Mental Health Counselor).