How to Have a Harassment-Proof Holiday Party

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Getting ready for your company’s holiday office  party?

In these days of harassment watch, here’s some advice from an expert.  They come from Dr. Arlynne Diamond a professional workplace and management consultant:

No compliments on physical appearance

Telling someone they’re pretty or handsome even innocent in nature should be avoided.

Men & women should not touch each other

Anything beyond a handshake is opening a Pandora's box. Men and women should avoid pats on the shoulder, hugs, and any touching of the arms or legs.

Avoid all forms of teasing

Everyone has a different reaction to humor and what is funny to one person can be offensive to others.

Keep your language in check

If you wouldn't say it in front of your Mother, then you shouldn't say it in front of the people you work with.

And no flirting

Dr. Diamond says whimsical office romances may still exist but, in today's workplace they can potentially get you reprimanded or even fired. Flirting or asking a co-worker out for drinks should be avoided at all costs.

So there you go. And now you’re set for your harassment-proof holiday party.



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