Stop Harassment

Do you want to stop workplace harassment? Then you must DARE to take the lead.

- Diversity

In today's diverse workplace, it's becoming harder to figure people out. Our diversity can be a great advantage if we learn to appreciate differences. If not, our differences will be a source of confusion, conflict, and discord. The answer? Get to know others better, especially those who are different from you.

- Act

Detecting harassment in your workplace? Nip it in the bud. Take action on the problem fast, rather than ignoring, or sweeping it under a rug, or telling yourself that someone else will take care of it. Harassment can be stopped dead in its tracks if someone will dare to confront it with clear, direct, and specific communication. It takes courage sometimes to face a harasser. But remember: If no one objects to the behavior, it will continue. And maybe even get worse.

- Respect

Can workplace harassment be prevented? While there is no foolproof way to prevent it from ever occuring, you can build a culture of respect and consideration for others. One where everyone follows the Golden Rule, treating others the way they would want to be treated.

- Expect

The other strong step you can take to prevent workplace harassment is to have clear expectations that people will behave professionally at all times. Make sure your anti-harassment policy is written, published, communicated to all, and frequently discussed and reinforced.

No one should ever have to suffer the pain and humiliation of workplace harassment.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, September 26, 2009

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