Lots of problems arise when humor turns bad. What can start as an innocent joke can often get totally blown out of proportion and turn from innocence to a hostile work environment. Here’s an article in today’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel on exactly that subject.
Managers need to prevent harassment from occurring – no silly jokes, no non-work-related e-mails and – when you see anything start, it’s your job to end it immediately.
Bottom line: There is nothing funny about sexual harassment.
Harassment is not necessarily what is said or done, but how it’s perceived.