Tips for a Harassment free Office Holiday Party
Your holiday party is right around the corner. With sexual harassment cases covering the headlines this year, do you:
If you chose answer #1, you may be putting yourself and your organization at risk. While headlines are about actors and politicians, sexual harassment is a real concern in the everyday workplace. According to Rodney Klein, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the commission is keeping an eye on the national dialogue regarding sexual harassment. “It's difficult to assess right now if we're seeing much of an increase in the sexual harassment complaints that we take, but that's probably something that we will be looking at within the next six months to a year to see if we notice an increase in those charges,” Klein said.
If you chose # 2, it may be difficult to remember, but a company holiday party is a company sponsored event. That means, the policies that apply in your organization, still apply at a party. If you aren’t sure what those policies are, now may be a great time to read your code of conduct.
If you chose # 3, we have some tips to avoid being in the spotlight Monday morning as the harasser or the victim while still having a good time.
Remember, the office party is an extension of your workplace. While the lights may be dimmer, the music louder and the alcohol flowing, your organization’s policy against harassment still applies. If you have any questions about what is and is not appropriate, please check with your Human Resources department.
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