Employees offer an array of creative excuses when trying
to defend their actions in what is known as a hostile work
environment harassment case.
Here is excuse #8 of the top 10 excuses:
“But it didn’t happen at work”
When inappropriate behavior does not occur in the
workplace or during the workday, you will often hear the
HR CONTRARIAN POINTER: Venue doesn’t matter. What matters
is the relationship between the parties.
Most often these situations involve a supervisory person
contacting an employee after hours or interacting at a
company-sponsored event such as a picnic or holiday party.
As an employer, it’s important to keep in mind that events
that happen off-the-clock can have a dramatic impact on
office relationships and your bottom line when everyone is
back at work.