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”
In some places in the world, women are covered from head to toe. Some people believe men will be tempted and women and men need to be protected from unwanted attention, or worse.
When a man in a Canadian workplace says he is distracted by a woman he thinks is dressed provocatively or is showing too much skin, it reminds me of the women who must cover themselves completely because men can’t control themselves. I’m not sure about other parts of the world, and I’m not going to interfere with a Canadian woman who chooses to cover herself, but in the workplace, women shouldn’t have to dress in a way that keeps men at arm’s length.
If a woman at your workplace is dressed inappropriately for any legitimate reason, the employer has every right to ask her to change into something more appropriate. Perhaps it’s not in keeping with a dress code. Perhaps there are safety concerns in which other clothing will be better suited. As long as these are legitimate reasons, then men and women need to dress appropriately. However, if women are being asked to change because one man or a number of men think it’s too revealing, then you better make sure you’re not imposing a standard which is outdated and sexist. Before creating a stir (or banner headlines – because sometimes an issue like this attracts news headlines) I’d suggest talking to someone who knows your workplace policy.
Here’s the problem. Let’s say Tim finds women with low cut blouses to be sexually enticing. He can’t concentrate because he thinks she’s so sexy. As the supervisor, when you find this out, you tell Brenda to change into something more appropriate tomorrow. The next day Brenda shows up with a turtle neck sweater: so she thinks she’s safe. But Brad comes up to you and says a real turn-on for him is women in turtle necks. See where this is going?
If a man suggests a woman change outfits because he finds it too distracting, make your own determination. If you think there’s nothing wrong, talk to the male employee and ask him what in particular is bothering him about her outfit and why he thinks she should change. Let him know that if it’s only because he feels distracted, that’s not enough of a reason for her to change her clothing. He’s the one who has to change.
“You think her clothes are inappropriate, but I see nothing wrong with what she’s wearing. We all like to look nice and I’m not going to condemn her for wearing fashionable clothing. I’d suggest you not spend as much time looking at her.”
“I think you’re quite capable getting through your day without worrying what other people are wearing. There is nothing wrong with her appearance as per our dress code and I’m not going to interfere.”
“You’re not an animal. As such I think you can control your urges. If you can't control your urges, you better tell me as we have a much bigger issue to deal with...and it's all about you, not her.”
Stephen Hammond, B.A., LL.B., CSP
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