Workplace behaviour is basically the behaviour one exhibits in the workplace and is usually much more laid back than other forms of social behaviour. This ranges from profession to profession, because some are much more casual than the others. For instance, a qualified computer programmer would probably have more leeway with their work than an estate solicitor. However there are some professions where workplace behaviour can be quite demanding, and this applies particularly to managers and those in positions of power.
For instance, it can be very common for those in leadership roles to have an uncontrollable desire to be liked. This can lead to an environment where employees feel uncomfortable and some employers will even tolerate it. Examples include people like Chief Executives and other business leaders who need to be admired so that they can get the job done. The result of this workplace behaviour can be that employees feel subordinate and feel pressured to toe the line.
Another form of inappropriate workplace behaviour is inappropriate relationships with co-workers or with management officials. Employees may develop a deep and personal friendship with another colleague, which can often lead to them doing things that would normally be considered wrong. Some examples include sleeping together, having regular sex in the workplace, or making sexual advances on co-workers or management officials. This is also considered acceptable, because in the corporate world everyone has a close contact with many people.
There can also be the issue of inappropriate behaviours within the workplace. This can include discrimination of different types. For instance, if employees feel there is an imbalance of gender in a workplace, this can often lead to various types of inappropriate behaviours. For this example, some women may feel they need to wear a more conservative uniform to avoid offending a colleague. There can also be the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. This includes inappropriate touching, making sexual advances or other propositions, or telling someone their appearance makes them automatically attractive.
The most effective way to deal with inappropriate workplace behaviour and other types of inappropriate conduct is to create a positive workplace culture. In order to build a positive work environment, employees need to know that they are expected to behave in a manner which is deemed to be acceptable. A good way to encourage this is to create a rule which states that any inappropriate behaviour should be dealt with by addressing it directly with the employee in question. This will ensure that there is no future inappropriate conduct.
Encouraging colleagues to speak up when they have noticed a behaviour which is of a sexual nature or which breaches company values should also be taken seriously. This can occur through a number of ways. Firstly, through policies and company policy statements which stress that employees have a responsibility to treat each other with respect, and that their actions reflect positively on the business. Another important step is for an employee to be trained in how to report any incidents of inappropriate behaviour so that it can be dealt with professionally and appropriately. It is essential to provide an environment where people feel comfortable to report inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, and where employees feel free to raise concerns too without fear of being stigmatised.
Creating a culture of safety within your workplace can go a long way towards stopping any unwanted conduct. It is important that employees understand that they are safe in the workplace and that they need to report anything which is out of the ordinary. It is equally important that your company culture takes the safety of all who work for you seriously. Ensuring that your company has an anti-spam function in place is an important step towards creating a positive workplace behaviour culture. Spam reporting is important as well as ensuring that all employees understand that they have a responsibility to report any incidents of harassment or other inappropriate workplace behavior.
Finally, addressing the problem with unwanted sexual advances and other offensive behaviours can be dealt with by having an informal written policy on sexual harassment. This policy should include a clear explanation of what types of behaviour are acceptable, and what types are not. Such written policies can help build and maintain trust between employees and management, and between employees and clients. Stopping inappropriate workplace behaviour starts with recognising its causes, developing rules to ensure compliance, and training employees on how to report concerns that they might have.
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