Remember this scenario from the introduction to this lesson on prevention?
|Take a look at this situation ...
You overhear a couple of your coworkers talking about what happened at an after-hours retirement party for a coworker.
James was trying to grope his assistant, Marie, and she was having trouble making him stop. Everyone else just ignored what was going on, whispering that this was not the first time they've seen
James acting that way.
They agreed that Marie would
never report James because she's a young single mother who can't afford to lose her job.
Take a look at the tips for preventing harassment below. Think about which ones might have an impact
on this situation. In other words, if you or your supervisors and managers took any of these actions, which ones might
prevent this type of situation from ever occuring or keep it from getting worse?
Employee Prevention Tips:
- Apologies go a long way towards restoring good will.
- "It was just a joke" is not an excuse for sexual harassment.
- It is important to support coworkers who are victims of harassment.
- Having a positive attitude can go a long way toward eliminating harassment.
- In the final analysis, respect, rather than the law, will eliminate workplace harassment.
- In most circumstances, challenge harassing behavior if you witness it.
- It is best to avoid touching someone else unless you are absolutely sure it is welcome.
Supervisory and Management Prevention Tips:
- Be fair and consistent in the way you treat employees.
- Establish and tell everyone about your "no tolerance" policy.
- Make sure that everyone has a copy of the Workplace Harassment Policy and understands it.
- Make it easy for employees to register a harassment complaint.
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