Everyone wants to feel comfortable at work. If an employee behaves so badly that others feel bad at work because of them, something must be done about it.
Let’s see how Helen stood up for herself.
Helen works in an office. Unfortunately, the behaviour of her colleague Joosep often bothers her. Joosep calls Helen “baby” and “chick” and makes other inappropriate jokes. One day, Joosep asks Helen to make coffee. But making coffee is not part of Helen’s duties.
Helen decides to talk to Joosep about her concerns. She explains that Joosep’s behaviour is neither right nor appropriate. Joosep insults Helen with his behaviour, making Helen feel uncomfortable. Helen asks Joosep to stop doing this.
Joosep didn’t actually mean to offend Helen. He simply didn’t understand that Helen found his behaviour offensive. Joosep now realises that his earlier behaviour was inappropriate. Everyone must have the right to work in such a manner that no one insults or harasses them. After the conversation, Joosep is polite to Helen. Helen can now work in peace.
Disruptive and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace creates an uncomfortable situation. That’s why it’s a good idea to speak openly and boldly about your concerns.