Harassment, Bullying and Workplace Violence Prevention Staff

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Harassment, Bullying and Workplace Violence Prevention Staff Session 2014

Today’s Objectives: Define the different forms of harassment in the workplace (sexual, nonsexual, bullying). Prevent harassment in the workplace by developing a clear understanding of what it is and how it impacts people. Explore the responsibility of each employee to help maintain an environment free from harassment, by being aware of behaviors that can offend others and by clearly communicating that offensive behavior must stop. Clarify the policy of zero tolerance for any type of harassment in the workplace. Promote Respect & Value for one another. Understand the Laws: Title VII Civil Rights, Title IX Education Amend.


How Much Do You Know? CLICK ON QUIZ Harassment Quiz Know?

Harassment and Workplace Violence Prevention What is ONE word to describe Sexual Harassment?

Harassment and Workplace Violence Prevention POWER

Why Victims Don’t Speak Out: Fear of: Loss of Job Opportunities The “Rumor Mill” Not Being Believed Of Being “Wrong” Rejection from Co-Workers Retaliation Being Accused of Not Having a Sense of Humor Being Labeled: Trouble Maker Feminist Overly Sensitive Mentally Unstable

EEOC Definition: Unwelcome sexual advances. Requests for sexual favors. Sexual Harassment Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature connected to decisions about employment. An intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Two Kinds of Sexual Harassment: Quid Pro Quo: “This for That” Hostile Work Environment

Definition: Quid Pro Quo Employment decisions or expectations based on an employee’s willingness to grant or deny sexual favors.

Examples of Quid Pro Quo: Demanding sexual favors in exchange for a promotion or a raise. Disciplining or firing a subordinate who ends a romantic relationship. Changing performance expectations after a subordinate refuses repeated requests for a date. Quid Pro Quo: This for that. You do this for me and I’ll do that for you.

Definition: Verbal or Non Verbal behaviors that . . . Hostile Work Environment Focus on the sexuality of another person or his/her gender. Sexual Harassment Are unwanted or unwelcome. SH & Harassment Severe or pervasive enough to affect the person’s work performance and/or environment. SH & H

Examples of Hostile Work Environment: Offensive Conduct Offensive Behavior Offensive Language Offensive Graphics Dating & Relationships Hostile Work Place: Hostile Intimidating Offensive

Important Facts about Sexual Harassment: Generally occurs when there is a disparity of power – not just when men & women are working together. Does not have to be intentional. What is offensive is in the “eye of the beholder.” Men can be sexually harassed. Men can harass men; women can harass women. Harassment does not have to be directed at a particular individual. Offenders can be supervisors, co-workers or non-employees (customers, vendors or suppliers) .

REMEMBER. . . A situation .must be both OFFENSIVE and SEXUAL to be sexual harassment.


BULLYING: Bullying may be direct, such as severe verbal abuse, or indirect, such as spreading rumors or lies. Cyber bullying is just as serious. Internet or cyber bullying might include sharing inappropriate pictures of someone, posing as someone else to spread rumors or lies, or sending harassing messages and abusive emails Social Media: using social media (i.e., Facebook) to bully others at work (even if not written on workplace property) is considered bullying!

Some Signs of Bullying: Being left out from workrelated social events Coworkers storming out of the work area when you enter Being given the “silent treatment” Not being given the praise you thought you deserved Being treated rudely or disrespectfully Others responding slowly to requests that were important to you Being yelled or shouted at Receiving put-downs about your intelligence or competence Your telephone calls, contributions, or other communications are ignored Someone interferes with or sabotages your work Being given little or no feedback about your performance Being the recipient of mean pranks

In Your Role, Always Remember To: Promptly Report Any inappropriate or bullying behavior to your Manager or the Human Resources Department.

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE Violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur in or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide – one of the leading causes of jobrelated deaths. Workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide. Report concerns to Managers, Human Resources or Security Report incidents of violence or assault to Security for Immediate Assistance 594-4226.

RED FLAGS OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE FOR AWARENESS AND ACTION *Obsession with or discussion of weapons *Intimidating or instilling fear in others *Making direct or veiled threats *Showing little involvement with co-workers *Displaying unwanted romantic interest in co-worker *Exhibiting paranoid behavior *Being unacceptable of criticism and holding a grudge *Having recent serious family, financial, social, legal issues *Testing the limits of unacceptable behavior *Retaliation by employees who feel they have been bullied

CLICK ON POLICY STATEMEN T NYMC Harassment & Sexual Harassment Policy Statement

CLICK ON ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM NYMC Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention Acknowledgeme Training Form

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