Will holiday company parties be a bit more laid back this year, because of the heightened awareness of sexual harassment? A national conversation is underway about office misconduct in the wake of allegations against many high profile celebrities.
UNO Business Professor Dr. Mark Rosa says it’s a hypersensitive issue.
"People on both sides, meaning men or women, need to be conscience of it," said Rosa. "Let's not run afoul of those rules because there are deep consequences."
It’s now December and this is the first big weekend for gatherings with your bosses and co-workers. Rosa says it’s easy to want to let loose with people you don’t normally socialize with, but if you think you might find it difficult to behave, best to avoid alcohol all together.
"With all that in mind, we can have a great company party with a great environment," said Rossa. "We can meet and socialize with our co-workers without it being a harassment environment."
Rosa says HR departments are likely re-evaluating their sexual harassment policies as accusations are leading to the firing of well-known individuals. Rosa says videos on what is acceptable in the office and at social functions will likely be shown as part annual training for employees.
"What kind of behavior is acceptable? What you should avoid," said Rosa. "There are a lot of resources out there."