1. Stop harassment in its tracks
If someone is making you feel uncomfortable, let them know right when it's happening. That way, it doesn't have a chance to get worse.A quick, confident response tells the harasser, and anyone else around, that acting like that isn’t cool, you won’t put up with it. And if they stop, then everyone can move on and behave like professionals.[embed]https://player.vimeo.com/video/475172153[/embed]If you need to confront a harasser, tell them how what they are doing makes you feel. For example, say: "you’re probably just trying to be funny. But I feel uncomfortable when you talk like that.”Or, if you witness harassment happening in the workplace, say something! Employees who witness harassment should offer their support to teammates. You’re the key to creating a positive work environment.
2. If it doesn’t stop…
If you can't confront the harasser or your comments don't change things, you need to contact [your manager, company owner, or HR].Make your complaint in writing, if possible. Record all of the relevant info, including:
- People involved
- Who said or did what
Then get coworkers to support the evidence, if possible.
3. Be a good bystander
Basically, this comes down to speaking up!Contribute to a culture where everyone feels safe. If you believe that someone is crossing the line - but nobody says anything - then step up and support your teammate. You’re not only protecting the person being offended, but you might be giving the offender a chance to correct their actions before it escalates!When bystanders stay silent, and targets are expected to carry all the responsibility for dealing with offensive behavior, it normalizes harassment and hostile work environments.[embed]https://player.vimeo.com/video/475190713[/embed]It’s all about building a sense of community - fostering the notion that everyone should set the tone for what’s acceptable and what’s not.Meaning, you're responsible for standing up for coworkers who don’t stand up for themselves. And if the harassment continues, talk to [your manager/HR] immediately!