Here's a FREE selection of articles that address many different problems and situations in your workplace.
WHEN A PERSON IS CALLED ON THEIR COMMENTS OR JOKES,
THEIR RESPONSE IS "IT'S ONLY A JOKE" OR “CAN'T YOU TAKE A JOKE?”
A WOMAN IN A MALE DOMINATED WORKPLACE GETS LESS THAN KIND
COMMENTS FROM THE GUYS AND WHEN ASKED ABOUT IT QUIETLY,
SHE SAYS IT DOESN'T BOTHER HER, OR SHE CAN TAKE IT
ASKING A PERSON WHO IS CONSIDERED A "MINORITY"
TO DO TASKS OTHERS ARE REQUIRED TO DO, YET THEY CRY FOUL
EMPLOYEES WHO MAKE DISPARAGING COMMENTS ABOUT MANAGEMENT AND MANAGERS WHO MAKE DISPARAGING COMMENTS ABOUT UNIONS, GENERALLY
WHEN SEVERAL EMPLOYEES MAKE DEROGATORY COMMENTS ABOUT
ANOTHER EMPLOYEE, WHO IS NOT PRESENT, AND OUTSIDE OF WORK
WHEN SOMEONE TELLS A JOKE, MOST PEOPLE LAUGH, BUT IT'S INAPPROPRIATE, ESPECIALLY FOR ONE PARTICULAR EMPLOYEE, BUT NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING
WHEN EMPLOYEES DON'T WANT TO PICK UP THE SLACK BECAUSE A CHRISTIAN EMPLOYEE NEEDS TIME OFF FOR MASS AND WON'T WORK ON SUNDAYS
WHEN AN EMPLOYEE TAKES PART IN REPUGNANT, BUT NOT ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS A WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP, OUTSIDE OF WORK
YET NEVER SAYS OR DOES ANYTHING AT WORK
WHEN TWO EMPLOYEES WERE VERY GOOD FRIENDS, BUT HAD A PHYSICAL FIGHT OUTSIDE WORK AND NOW ONE OF THEM WON'T WORK WITH THE OTHER
OVER SOME OPEN FORM OF COMMUNICATION (RADIO OR GROUP EMAIL) AN EMPLOYEE STATES ABOUT ONE OF THE GUYS, "IT MUST BE THAT TIME OF THE MONTH" BECAUSE THIS FELLOW WAS BEING TOO EMOTIONAL
WHEN A WOMAN CAN’T DO THE SAME PHYSICAL WORK
A MALE CO-WORKER CAN DO, BUT IT’S ONLY A SMALL PART OF THE JOB
WHEN A PERSON APPEARS ALMOST RUDE IN EMAILS, BUT IN PERSON THEY COME ACROSS DIFFERENTLY – CONSIDERATE
WHEN SOMEONE WON’T TAKE “NO” FOR AN ANSWER – THEY HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL APPEALS AND PEOPLE DON’T SEE IT HIS WAY
WHEN SOMEONE IS AFRAID TO SAY ANYTHING TO SOMEONE WHO IS “DIFFERENT” FOR FEAR OF A COMPLAINT OR INSULTING THESE PEOPLE
PERSONS LOWER THEIR VOICES WHEN TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS (WHISPER) “BLACK”
If you’re in a mixed-gender workplace, or your workplace is mostly women, this issue might not be something you encounter…but you still might find it interesting. In many male-dominated workplaces there are a number of things some guys will do, and hazing is one of them. Most people who engage in hazing wouldn’t think of it as bullying or anything inappropriate. In fact they usually see it as a “ritual” where a new guy is welcomed into the “brotherhood.” We’re not talking the Water Buffaloes from the Flintstones (Google that and see if ack-ack-a-dack comes up) kind of brotherhood, but nonetheless, it’s seen as a good thing, not a bad thing. However, not everyone is into hazing and in fact some people find it down right obnoxious, or just straight bullying. It can involve water, tampering with food, clothing or tools, dangling people upside down, and some very weird stuff. If something goes too far, or you think it has run its course or perhaps beyond its “best before” date, it should be eliminated. At the very least, if someone shows no interest in being hazed, their wish should be respected.
Talk to those involved and explain that “yes, it happened to you,” but times have changed. If new employees are welcomed into the workplace, it doesn’t have to be with some strange ritual that appears to be unique to your workplace. You’ll likely have to get a number of people on side with this, because it’s rarely one person who will be taking part in the hazing.
“I want to talk to you guys about the hazing ritual that has been going on in this workplace for a long time. Just like many things, this one has run its course, for a number of reasons. One is that most new employees don’t see things the way other people saw things years ago. In fact, I know a number of you would have preferred to not be hazed, but you put up with it just because you had no choice. A second reason is that these hazings usually continue on just because we feel others need to pay their dues the way we had to pay our dues. But at some point just because it happened to us, isn’t a good enough excuse to carry it on. And a third reason is that even though many of you think the hazing actions are harmless, I’d suggest that they go against our policies dealing with harassment and bullying. Let’s welcome employees with good camaraderie and fun. Hazing is a thing of the past and it’s time we moved on.”
Stephen Hammond, B.A., LL.B., CSP
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