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Love & Loathing @ SupplyCorp

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Elizabeth Floyd

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Transcript of Love & Loathing @ SupplyCorp

Love & Loathing @ SupplyCorp
The Situation
Problems and Causes
If Janet's lying...
If Janet's not lying...
Root Cause
SupplyCorp has a Zero Tolerance for sexual harassment policy... So,
Janet would not likely be entitled to compensation.
Janet would be provided resources for coping and grieving.
Stan
- Org grew
- Busy with interviews
Fred
- Supervisor
- Wants to do right
Janet & Stephen
- Were in love but broke-up
Bill
- "I'm the boss"
- "Fire Janet"
Problems
Decrease productivity
Taking personal days
Tension among their group
No time for the investigation
Possible lawsuit for retaliation
Possible Causes
No policy for dating/sexual harassment
Company growth without change
Stanley is stagnant
Lack of management training
Actual sexual harassment
Incidents not being reported
No avenue to report
Bias toward males
Company policy
Q: Why was Pam & Jim's relationship allowed to happen in "The Office"?
A: Because there was not a clear...
Questions?
So... is Janet lying? As Dr. Munyon would say: "Perhaps si, perhaps no..."
Solutions/Trade-offs
Conduct thorough analysis
Interview complainant and potential/accused harasser
Interview witnesses
Determine who is lying
Re-structure interviews
Develop a company policy
Employee harassment
Employee dating and relationships
Prevents retaliation
Create avenues for anonymous reporting
Train management for current role
Employee training on new policy
SupplyCorp cannot fire Janet; no policy in place at time of indiscretion
SupplyCorp would suggest the Employee Assistance Program
Janet should be moved to a different team or time of day
She would be trained on new policy with other employees
What if it's too hard to tell?
Both are parties would be moved
to different lines
to different shifts
Both would be required to sign that if they broke the new sexual harassment or workplace dating policies that they would be terminated
Amaral, H. P. (2006). Workplace romance and fraternization policies, Schmidt Labor Research Center, Seminar Research Series. Unpublished manuscript, University of Rhode Island.
Pam & Jim Photo: http://cdn.hellogiggles.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/10/the-office-pam-jim.jpg?123
Society for Human Resource Management: http://www.shrm.org/templatestools/samples/policies/pages/cms_006713.aspx
EEOC: http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/currentissues.html
Note: Additional in class handouts were pulled from an undisclosed entity's employee handbook.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Additional company policies
Sources
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