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Identifying Symptoms of a Hostile Work Environment
Companies must prioritize eliminating harassment and discrimination in the workplace or it could lead to a hostile work environment, negatively impacting employee retention and reputation. Let’s go over a few symptoms of a hostile work environment to watch out for in your organization.
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Hostile Behavior Goes Beyond an Annoyance
How severe must behavior be to be classified as hostile?
Hostile Behavior is Intimidating or Offensive
What is considered offensive or threatens the victim's safety?
Hostile Behavior is Persistent
How frequently does the hostile behavior take place?
Hostile Behavior Can Be Teasing
Can a teasing joke be considered hostile behavior?
Hostile Behavior Can Be Targeted - Or Not
Must a hostile behavior specifically target a victim?
Hostile Behavior is Hostile to the “Reasonable Person”
What is the reasonable person standard for evaluating hostile behavior?