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Workplace's environment may sometimes becomes "unhealthy" when harassment occurs.
However, what can be considered as harassment in workplace?
In reality, the workplace harassment can be in forms of verbal, written or physical action conducted by either supervisor/higher-management or the employees.
The common workplace harassment are:
i. Racial harassment - harassment by basis of the race.
ii. Abuse of authority - harassment by a person who uses his/her authority to interfere with an employee or the employee’s job.
iii. Sexual harassment - conducted by basis of sexual nature, and includes such things as a request for sexual favors.
As guidelines, employers may takes these 2 action in managing workplace harassment.
Let's get to know both of the essential solutions for future unexpected matters.
Solutions 1: Making a Policy On Workplace Harassment
If your company does not have this policy yet, it is not too late to start it as internal action to create a workplace harassment-free environment in your company.
The HR Department with approval from higher management may create the policy with following contents:
i. Interpretation of harassment and the listing of harassment in workplace.
ii. The complaint procedure may include Investigation Process, False Accusation Notice or Disciplinary Measures.
iii. Roles and Responsibilities of both employers and employees.
Solution 2: Following Guideline from Labour Office
For a note, Labour Office authority is limited in handling complainant cases of workplace harassment.
The authority is for Sexual Harassment in accordance of Employment Act 1955 (Part XVA, Section 81A-81G).
According to this section, sexual harassment is defined as "complaint of sexual harassment" means any complaint relating to sexual harassment which are made by:
(i) An employee against another employee;
(ii) An employee against any employer; or
(iii) An employer against an employee.
Here is the examples:
|Type||Examples of the Harassment|
|Verbal||Explicit Language via joke/conversation,catcall, or praising on sexual basis on clothing, body etc.|
|Visual||An act of sending notes, letter, e-mail, sms, mss, picture, poster, object or sexual related content via any type of media, electronics/communications|
|Signal||Conducted via behaviour which gives impression on sexual basis such as staring seductively, stalking, licking lips or any other signal language.|
|Psychology||An act of trying to get closer sexually, encourage, urge, threaten or persuade seductively as to satisfy the same sexual desire via mail, telephone, email or any form of communication equipment that causing emotional and mental stress.|
|Physical||An act of approaching others at close up distance until the person feels less comfortable such as (holds, hugs, claps,rubbing, pinching, kissing or touching until the victim feels offended or insulted).|
In addition, with reference of (Part XVA, Section 81C), employers are entitled to take a disciplinary actions if sexual harassment case is proven.
Additional Essential Knowledge: Compliant Procedure via Labour Office
i. Filing a compliant via walk- in/letter/phone call to nearest Labour Office and gives out information on the name/address of the compliant, name/address of the harasser and the details of the issue.
ii. Interview with victim
iv. Interview employer and ask the investigation to be done on company side.
v. Receiving investigation report from employers.
vi. Interview with the accused harasser
vii. Labour Officer prepares report and recommendations.
viii. Recommendations send to employers.
ix. Investigation reporting to victim. If the victim is not satisfied, the investigator will advised to further the case to police/other agency.
x. Compliant procedure closed.
We hope this article may helps your company in managing a workplace harassment.
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