Harassment and workplace violence

Stop workplace bullying

What is workplace bullying? Workplace bullying is a pattern of behavior that harms, intimidates, undermines, offends, degrades or humiliates an employee, possibly in front of other employees, clients or customers. It is a serious health and safety issue. The targets of bullying may suffer from physical and mental health problems that can last for many [...]

Bullying on the job

You may find bullying on the playground or in your child’s classroom. But what about in your office? About one in four American workers have been bullied on the job. Many others have witnessed this abusive behavior. Bullying can affect more than job performance. It can take a toll on your health. Spotting workplace bullying [...]

Workplace bullying: what everyone needs to know

What is workplace bullying and who is affected? Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable actions of individuals (or a group) directed towards an employee (or a group of employees), which is intended to intimidate and creates a risk to the health and safety of the employee(s). Workplace bullying often involves an abuse or misuse of [...]

How to manage conflict at work

Kinds of workplace conflicts Let’s start by identifying where conflicts happen. Think about the kinds of conflicts that happen around your workplace. Disagreements over turf (who should do what) Disagreements over policy (how things should be done) Conflicts of personality and style Common ways of dealing with conflict These are some of the ways we [...]

Facts about sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably [...]

Supervisor’s guide to identifying potentially violent employees

Employees who are at risk for workplace violence may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors*. Supervisors should be alert to these behaviors and document and address them as appropriate. The Employee Assistance Program is available to assist employers with handling these issues. Attendance problems Decreased productivity Inconsistent work patterns Lingering depression Poor on-the-job relationships [...]

If you are sexually harassed

If you are sexually harassed, use the three "R"s: Respond Remain professional. Be direct with the harasser. Let your feelings be known about the inappropriate behavior as soon as possible. Tell the harasser that his/her words, actions or behavior make you feel uncomfortable. Tell him/her to stop. Record Be prepared to provide the facts. (Who, [...]