Park Avenue Presentations

Workplace Harassment - Is It Humor or Really Harassment?

Duration: 90 minutes

Speaker: Teri Morning


Webinar Description

We generally associate workplace harassment with events such as a supervisor seeking sexual favors from a subordinate. However, many lesser but still serious workplace harassment complaints have been made due to misguided, misinterpreted or meanspirited remarks.  Any seasoned HR person will tell you the bulk of their employee relations complaints start with remarks that people often claimed as being an attempt at “humor.”


Sometimes it is clear what is “over the line.” Other times it can be hard to determine whether what was presented as fun was merely a tone-deaf attempt at humor or was meant as a derogatory comment cloaked under the guise of humor.


A key determinant of whether workplace harassment occurred is that the conduct must be unwelcome. Welcome vs unwelcome conduct encompasses so many nuances as to be almost infinite. The conduct that is otherwise welcome between some employees is out of the question when it affects other employees.  


What your company must do is to create policies and procedures regarding acceptable workplace conduct, communicate those polices, train your workforce and enforce the polices vigorously. Create a self-regulating culture where good natured, kind humor is always welcome, but derogatory, mean spirited so called humor is never welcome and employees know the difference between the two.





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