March 11, 2014
It’s no longer sufficient to passively provide a safe work environment. Your managers can actively encourage a good situation if they’re aware of some of the signs that might indicate trouble. Look for these warning signs:
- Material of a sexual nature found posted (even if in restrooms or locker rooms).
- A department where swearing or sexually oriented language is regularly heard.
- A noticeable change in the behavior of an employee, including, but not limited to, tardiness, absenteeism and mood swings.
- An employee who avoids another employee, or shrinks from another employee’s physical proximity.
- Openly sexual behavior between employees, even if it seems welcome. For example, sitting on each other’s laps while another employee is scowling or not smiling.
- Frequent after-work partying or heavy drinking.
- Unprofessional behavior during business trips or conventions.
Workforce, October 1998, Vol. 77, No. 10, p. 53.