There is a lot of anger and frustration about. The use of
inflammatory language by tabloid news papers, radio shocks jocks and
the Prime Minister means that people in the work place feel freer to
use the same language and show the same lack of concern for their
colleagues feelings. Managers are expected to challenge inappropriate
and offensive language but it’s harder if such behaviour is being
normalised outside of work.
It’s part of the managers job to set standards and challenge
inappropriate behaviour. Not tolerating offensive, belittling or
sexist language certainly falls within the job description. So if a
member of the team said black people should “go back to where they
came from” , or mocked niqab wearing women as looking like letter
boxes or bank robbers the manager would be expected to reprimand them
and if this was a persistent pattern of behaviour subject them to
disciplinary action the out come of which could be dismissal. And not
so long ago it would. But if presidents and prime misters are using
this language then those guilty of using it in the work place will
argue if the PM can say it why can’t I.
If the injured party complaints they are accused of lacking a
senses of humour or being over sensitive.
Senior managers and HR departments need to take the led in
reminding managers that just because someone else has said something,
does not make it acceptable in the work environment and managers will
be supported in challenging inappropriate language.
Blair Mcpherson former director author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk
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