About This Chapter
Personal Relationships in the Workplace - Chapter Summary
This chapter outlines instances in which personal relationships can lead to sexual harassment or discrimination as well as methods for reducing the risks of such behaviors. Lesson topics include:
- Differences between flirting and harassment
- Strategies for reducing risks associated with co-worker dating
- Signs of personal relationship discrimination
- Methods for creating respectful work environments
To make sure employees and managerial staff are on the same page in regards to personal relationships in the workplace, these video lessons and transcripts provide several examples of the behaviors and best practices being discussed. Multiple-choice quizzes follow each lesson to affirm employees' understanding of these concepts, while a chapter test provides a more comprehensive assessment of the lesson topics.
How It Helps
- Encourages a cautionary approach: Employees who are aware of the adverse effects personal relationships can have on the work environment might be inclined to take extra precautions if they happen to start dating a co-worker, such as steering clear of behaviors that show favoritism or bias toward certain individuals.
- Builds awareness: An awareness of what constitutes sexual harassment can also help employees recognize when their actions or the actions of others are in danger of crossing the line.
- Improves the workplace environment: Employees who understand the practices needed to maintain a respectful environment can work together to make sure requirements are met and all employees are working towards that goal.
By the end of this chapter, employees will be able to:
- Make the distinction between flirting and harassment
- Describe tactics for preventing sexual harassment
- Recognize and avoid personal relationship discrimination
- Outline practices leading to a courteous work environment
1. The Differences Between Flirting & Sexual Harassment
People often pursue romantic relationships at work, which can pose a risk for sexual harassment. In this lesson, you'll learn the difference between innocent flirting and when flirting stops being innocent and becomes sexual harassment.
2. Minimizing the Risks of Co-Worker Dating & Breakups
Sometimes co-workers become romantically involved and even marry each other. And sometimes they break up and divorce. In this lesson, you'll learn how the risk of workplace sexual harassment can be reduced in this environment.
3. Creating & Maintaining a Respectful Workplace
Creating and maintaining a respectful workplace requires the efforts not only of management but also employees. In this lesson, we'll take a look at how employees can help establish and maintain a respectful work environment. A short quiz follows.
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