Harassment exists in multiple forms. There are the more traditional, better-known types, such as harassment based on race, sex, religious beliefs or lack thereof, national origin, political outlook, and physical disabilities — in short, harassing a person for simply being him- or herself.
There are additional forms of harassment that, for various reasons, don’t get as much attention or recognition as the previously mentioned forms. These additional forms of harassment include workplace bullying (committed either by a manager or a lateral colleague), third-party harassment (harassment from outside parties such as vendors and clients), cyber-bullying (disparaging done through social media), inappropriate humor, age discrimination, and quid pro quo (express or implied demands for favors, often sexual in nature, in exchange for some benefit or to avoid some detriment).
Harassment in any form can lead to reduced morale, absenteeism, turnover, slower work pace, poor concentration on work, and poor communication, all of which affect productivity. And harassment can cost you more than productivity — it can lead to costly and damaging lawsuits.
Tailored for employees working in an industrial environment, the informative and engaging Harassment: A New Look, Industrial Version teaches employees how to recognize and respond appropriately to harassment. This program is also available in a general business version titled Harassment: A New Look for Employees.