Workplace Harassment

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Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates our Civil Rights an disturbs our professional and life performance.

Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

It can happen through negative actions and inflict an individual or a specific group of people.

And such conduct to be considered unlawful, it must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.

We have prepared a presentation to discuss this important subject, that affects us in some stages of our professional life.

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Workplace Harassment

  1. 1. Workplace Harassment
  2. 2. Workplace Harassment Definition <ul><li>Workplace harassment is where a person is subjected to annoying behavior when working. </li></ul><ul><li>It is an offensive, intimidating, humiliating or threatening behavior. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Workplace Harassment Important <ul><li>Workplace harassment can be committed by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an employer, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>worker, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>co-worker, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>group of co-workers, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>client or customer, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a member of the public. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is Workplace Harassment? <ul><li>Workplace harassment covers a wide range of behaviors ranging from subtle intimidation to more obvious aggressive tactics. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Workplace Harassment Examples <ul><li>Abusing a person loudly, usually when others are present repeated threats of dismissal or other severe punishment for no reason. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving offensive messages on email or the telephone. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Workplace Harassment Examples <ul><li>Sabotaging a person's work. </li></ul><ul><li>Maliciously excluding and isolating a person from workplace activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent and unjustified criticisms, often about petty, irrelevant or insignificant matters. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Workplace Harassment Examples <ul><li>Humiliating a person through gestures, sarcasm, criticism and insults, often in front of customers, management or other workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Spreading gossip or false, malicious rumors about a person with an intent to cause the person harm. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Workplace Harassment Management Action <ul><li>Management action may be considered as workplace harassment where it is used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primarily to offend, intimidate, humiliate or threaten workers, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To create an environment where workplace harassment is more likely to occur </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What is NOT Workplace Harassment <ul><li>A single incident of harassing type behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>A reasonable management action taken in a reasonable way. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Signs of Workplace Harassment <ul><li>Apart from the direct sign of complaints being raised, signs of workplace harassment may appear indirectly. </li></ul><ul><li>These signs may not always be linked with workplace harassment and need to be considered within the overall workplace environment. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Indirect Signs of Workplace Harassment <ul><li>Changes in human resource management trends, for example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases in levels of absenteeism and staff turnover. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases in the use of employee counseling services. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workers leaving the organization reporting dissatisfaction with working relationships </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Indirect Signs of Workplace Harassment <ul><ul><li>Negative results. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The breakdown of relationships between workers, customers or management. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workers becoming withdrawn and isolated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor worker morale and erosion of loyalty and commitment. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Workplace Harassment Ways to Deal <ul><li>There are some strategies to deal with workplace harassment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>workplace harassment policy, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>complaint handling system, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>open communication and training and education system ( it can be effective in preventing workplace harassment from occurring). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>No single control measure will effectively prevent or control workplace harassment. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important that these control measures are used together as part of a broader strategy for the prevention of workplace harassment. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Lico Reis Consultoria & Línguas Roberto Lico Reis www.licoreis.com [email_address] E-books: www.migre.me/oQ5 Linkedin: www.migre.me/1d9r Twitter: @licoreis Feel free to send us suggestions about new presentations, that can help you to face your life or professional challenges.

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