Defining rules for office love keeps it clean

first_img“It can create a hostile environment. … People feel harassed because they’re watching the affective behavior and it makes them uncomfortable,” Vernon said. The words “hostile environment” are key – in sexual-harassment lawsuits, employees often charge an employer with maintaining a hostile environment in the workplace. And yes, another co-worker could file a complaint because an employer didn’t stop inappropriate behavior by a couple. Harassment charges obviously can have other causes, such as one worker pursuing another even though the advances are clearly rejected and not welcome. Bob Kustka, president of a workplace-productivity consultancy, recommends that business owners be proactive to head off such problems, and remind romantically linked workers about the rules. “I would talk to the employees about what is a professional atmosphere – having a relationship is fine, but you need to keep it out of the workplace,” said Kustka, whose company, Fusion Factor, is based in Boston. A policy absolutely must address the issue of dating between a supervisor and a subordinate, which can lead to problems throughout an office or company. First, there is the possibility of a sexual-harassment claim if one party thinks he or she was pressured into the relationship, or to stay in it. And it’s well-known that such relationships breed resentment among other co-workers. Gravett noted that other employees will be watching like hawks for any signs of favoritism, such as promotions or bigger bonuses. “Even if that doesn’t happen, others may see that person as getting a special perk,” she said. Such a situation could also lead to a harassment complaint. Gravett said employees who are supervisors/supervisees need to understand that there will be consequences such as transfers or dismissals if they do become involved. “If one of them doesn’t decide to leave (the company) or stop the relationship, then we have to make the judgment call that one of them has to leave,” Gravett said. When a couple breaks up, it can be painful and awkward for many people at work. But HR consultants say the owner doesn’t need to get involved as long as there aren’t any problems growing out of the hard feelings – as long as everyone acts maturely and any animosity or bitterness is kept outside the workplace. A more difficult situation is where one party keeps pursuing the other outside of the workplace. Kustka said that if one of the workers comes to the owner or a manager for help, then the company does have to intervene. “If that type of thing is going on, it’s probably impacting on the workplace,” he said, warning that this could also be grounds for a harassment complaint that “management knew about the person and should have and didn’t help me with it.” Some employers do decide to keep the former lovers apart. At Upper Playground, a San Francisco-based apparel and art company, many of the employees are quite young, and they tend to date one another. Owner Matt Revelli said that “when things have gone south, we’ve actually moved people to different areas so they don’t have to be around each other.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Most small-business owners have to deal at some time or another with employees who date, perhaps fall in love and probably break up. It’s pretty hard to prohibit workers from becoming romantically involved, but owners can take steps to ensure that a relationship doesn’t get in the way of getting the job done. Problems can arise no matter how the relationship turns out or even if the relationship never gets off the ground. So human resources consultants say all companies should have a policy on dating and relationships among co-workers, and to be sure that employees are aware of it. There are two very critical reasons for formulating such a policy. Relationships can affect productivity, and not just that of the dating co-workers. Even more serious is the fact that workplace affairs of the heart have the potential of turning into sexual-harassment suits against an employer. But many HR experts say that realistically, such policies can’t outright ban dating. “People will become romantically involved even if there’s a policy,” said Linda Gravett, an HR consultant based in Cincinnati. Arlene Vernon, president of HRx Inc., an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based HR consultancy, noted: “Where do people meet other people? If they’re not hanging out in bars, they’re meeting at work.” What a business owner can do is, via its policy on dating, let employees know that there are standards of behavior they must adhere to, and that there can be career repercussions when they start a relationship. For example, if two employees in the same department are dating, one might need to be transferred to another department. Or one of the employees might need to leave the company. Vernon said of a dating policy, “it really is setting the rules of conduct, letting people know what’s acceptable in the workplace and isn’t.” Vernon noted that when co-workers are involved, “everyone is sensitive to the relationship.” If a couple is going through a rough patch, other employees can sense the tension – which becomes contagious and makes it painful for everyone else. But even when all is going well, the rest of the workplace can feel uneasy if the couple indulges in goo-goo eyes and other public displays of affection. last_img read more

Golden State Warriors, Macy Gray to lead Silicon Valley Pride events

first_imgIt’s Silicon Valley Pride week, and there has been plenty of celebrating going on already even before this weekend’s parade honoring the Golden State Warriors as grand marshals and a daylong festival headlined by R&B singer Macy Gray.Earlier this week, San Jose City Councilwoman Pam Foley led a flag-raising ceremony for both the LGBT rainbow flag and the transgender flag at City Hall, which has been illuminated in rainbow colors nightly since Tuesday. And both a bus and light-rail train have …last_img read more

Cape Town is infected with public art

first_img30 January 2015Cape Town’s city bowl will be transformed into an entrancing outdoor art gallery and theatre – where there is always something to catch the eye and performances are free – during Infecting The City.It’s a vibrant and innovative annual public arts festival that “strives to bring exceptional, socially engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of Cape Town’s central business district – transforming the city centre into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone”, say the organisers.Infecting The City runs from 9 to 14 March this year, with the art happening along specific routes through the CBD. There are daytime and night time routes, appealing to office-hours workers and night-time party people, as well as pieces that pop up unexpectedly across the city.Some of the routes are planned around hubs of activity – “central spaces that will be activated for the whole day with various installations, participatory artworks and performances”. And beyond the scheduled performances, artworks run throughout the festival; there are also artworks that are mobile, without time or place, and can only be experienced if stumbled upon.All performances are free; the principal partners are the national Department of Arts and Culture, Spier and the City of Cape Town.“Whether you are an active participant or more detached observer, whether you participate in a route as a planned activity or come across a moment of performance in your everyday use of the city, the hope is that you will be able to engage with the spaces of Cape Town in ways that will be transformed by your experience of public art,” says the organisers.Infecting The City 2015, they add, has been designed to be fun and entertaining, as well as politically charged and challenging. It features South African artists, as well as artists from the rest of the continent and abroad.Programme highlightsThe programme includes Living Room Dancers by Swiss choreographer Nicole Seilers. Audiences are invited to view dancers through binoculars as they dance simultaneously in the windows of a block of flats.Johannesburg artist Sandile Radebe’s Colour Me In presents an old city map that includes the lines of racial segregation and asks the viewers to redraw and colour in the city they want to see.Nicola Elliot, the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance in 2014, presents Chalk. It explores how the delineation of chalk can change meaning. A few players meet to have a “very ordinary” dance-game within the unstable demarcations of a shifting and busy section of the Cape Town CBD.Jacqueline Manyaapelo and Khayalethu Witbooi ask some important questions about South Africa’s education system in UnEducated. Berlin artist Hilla Steinert and Elize Vossgatter, from Cape Town, make connections in The Braid by plaiting a braid using grasses they have collected. Audience members are invited to contribute materials to plait into the braid.An Africa Centre initiative, Badilisha Poetry X-Change is both an online audio archive and a Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format. The largest online collective of African poets on the planet, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 350 Pan- African poets from 24 countries.For Infect The City, it takes a poetic expedition to unearth Cape Town’s lesser- known stories. The guided walkabout attempts to add new perspectives, insights, narratives, rhythm and rhyme to the temperament of a city that is known for its tensions and its possibilities. Cape Town poets Blaq Pearl, Genna Gardini, Khadija Tracey Heeger, Kyle Louw and Mbongeni Nomkonwana have been commissioned to write poems that will speak directly to a selection of themes including education, transportation and homelessness.Photographer and filmmaker Brent Meistre, the winner of the first Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum’s Biennale exhibition, presents Analogue Eye: Video Art Africa, Mobile Drive-in & Pop-up Cinema.It pays homage to the traditional drive-in experience and early projectionists such as Sol Plaatjie who, travelling across South Africa, took the moving image to the people. Analogue Eye takes video works from the gallery to meet a wider audience in unexpected public platforms and spaces. Video Art Africa is a curated screening consisting of three programmes of diverse video artworks by 37 artists about, from or on the African continent.Other works explore social issues and events such as Marikana and the 2014 kidnapping of 273 girls in Nigeria, and other artists include Zee Hartmann; Wojciech Gilewicz; Sanjin Muftić; Siphumeze Khundayi, Sonia Radebe and Sethembile Msezane; Vincent Chomaz; Velvet Spine; Wesley Pepper; Luthando Mthi; New World Dance Theatre; New Moon Collective; Rhodes University Fine Art Department; Jazzart Dance Theatre; Jnr; and Lesiba Mabitsela.Infecting The City is a project of the Africa Centre, an international centre for creativity, artistic excellence and intellectual engagement that uses “Pan-African cultural practice as a tool to: manifest what otherwise would only sit in our imaginations; release new ideas and make them freely accessible to receptive audiences; and ensure that people living on this soil can define for themselves what is possible and what their reality looks like”, it says on its website.Its other programmes include Artists in Residency, Everyday African Urbanism, Talking Heads and WikiAfrica, all of which “celebrate and encapsulate what it means to be in Africa today and what is conceivable for 21st-century Africans”.last_img read more

5 iPhone Apps to Get You Ready for Le Web

first_imgIf you haven’t already heard, this week is the Paris-based Le Web Conference. ReadWriteWeb will be live blogging the event in the next couple of days, with startup writer Dana Oshiro attending with the Social Media Club House and news writer Frederic Lardinois attending as a TravelingGeek. The event will showcase some of Europe’s best and brightest tech companies. Below are a few resources for those attending the event: 1. Le Web iPhone app: A few days ago we wrote about the fact that Ustream and band app creation site Mobile Roadie have teamed up to deliver an official Le Web iPhone application. The service offers program information, maps and a feed of event-related news. PicTranslator: PicTranslator allows users to take a photo of a menu or signage for instant translation. For $1 you’re given a chance to see basic translations, listen to pronunciations and try your hand at communicating in the language of love. 2. Tell Me Where: Based out of Paris, this service allows users to find nearby places in more than 15 categories including fashion, parking, tourism and restaurant-related picks. The iPhone app allows users to connect to their Facebook accounts and view places recommended by your friends. Users can also upload their photos and experiences using the app. 3. Metro Paris: This service allows users to navigate the Paris metro as well as the bus line with ease. Using your phone’s GPS, the service allows you to view your closest metro stations and offers real-time alerts on line interruptions. In late August, ReadWriteWeb covered this service’s augmented reality release. It is the first known augmented reality app to appear in the App Store. 4. Spotify: If you plan on being in Europe beyond the conference dates, you might want to signup for Spotify premium. The iPhone application offers users real-time file syncing and the ability to cache offline music playlists for use on the metro and other non-wifi enabled areas of the city. 5. Currency Converter: If you haven’t gotten used to converting currency, this application calculates the cost of all your rich and sumptuous meals. This year’s Le Web is dedicated to highlighting Europe’s best and brightest real-time web companies. For a primer on the real-time web, you may want to check out ReadWriteWeb’s latest report The Real-Time Web and its Future A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#web dana oshirolast_img read more

Had Enough Already? Quit Facebook Day is May 31

first_imgIf you’re jumping on the quitting-Facebook bandwagon, then have we got a website for you: site asks that, “if you agree that Facebook doesn’t respect you, your personal data or the future of the Web” then you may want to join in quitting Facebook on May 31, the date it has declared as the official “Quit Facebook Day”.The site is the creation of systems designer Matthew Milan and technologist Joseph Dee, who say that for them, “it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions”. Milan writes that they “just can’t see Facebook’s current direction being aligned with any positive future for the web, so we’re leaving.”Facebook has been facing yet another backlash after announcing further changes to its privacy policy during its f8 developer conference last month. Many users take issue with the social network’s now-default opt-out inclusion of its users in new features and services, and “How do I delete my Facebook account” has become a top search suggestion on Google.But while Milan and Dee quote a number of sources (including us) on what alternatives there might be to Facebook, the reality is that few exist. We’ve all heard of Diaspora now, but do we really believe that the future of social networking lies in an alternative that requires users to have their own server and install code? Milan has an amusing take on what he’ll do instead of continuing on with Facebook:At this point I’d rather use 4chan to connect with my family and friends than Facebook. It might be full of pictures of prolapsed anuses and Japanese cartoon porn, but at least it has tripcodes and a healthy dialog (based in action, not words) around the evolving nature of online identity and privacy.Milan also remains, well, realistic about Facebook’s more than 400 million users, saying that he doubts that his act will compel many others to leave, but that it will show that he cared about his data. He also writes that “when there’s a market need, it’s not long before better options appear” and “the best thing to do is to contribute to that need – and that’s what Quit Facebook Day is about.” We asked Milan if he had anything to add about why he was quitting Facebook and he said, “I want to reiterate is that privacy is not why I’m quitting FB – Privacy is a symptom of a set of larger issues, but for most, it’s the easiest to understand.”The site has only been up for a couple of days, but as of right now, it has nine people signed up to quit.If you’re ready to make the jump, simply go to and enter your Twitter handle, if you have one. Otherwise, you can enter your email address and, if quitting Facebook is something you’ll need a reminder about, then will send you one.Will you make the commitment? Will you contribute to that need?While I do not agree with many of Facebook’s actions, there’s one simple reality that I look to – all of my friends are on Facebook and until that changes, that’s likely where I’ll stay. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Related Posts last_img read more

ONE: Edward Kelly pummels Sung Jong Lee for impressive TKO win

first_imgEdward Kelly vs Sung Jong Lee in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly scored an impressive technical knockout over South Korea’s Sung Jong Lee, ending the featherweight bout just 2:51 into the second round in ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Kelly recovered from his yellow card infraction late in the first round after he landed an illegal kick to the face of Jung when the two of them were tangled up on the mat.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Gymnast on her gruesome injury: ‘My pain is not your entertainment’ MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sung dropped his fourth straight fight and slipped to a 2-5 record overall.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Come the second round, Kelly took things to the next level and went on the offensive forcing Sung to the mat.Sung initially got hold of Kelly’s right foot but the Team Lakay veteran managed to slip out of it and proceeded to carry out his own striking offensive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The 35-year-old Filipino fighter rained down heavy punches from above but Sung bore through it all.It wasn’t until the halfway point of the round that Kelly truly dominated from the ground forcing the referee to call a stop to the contest.“I’m confident I can escape or tolerate his leg locks because I knew that the legs of Filipinos are strong,” said Kelly.This was a big bounce back win for Kelly (12-6) after losing to Singapore’s Christian Lee on Jan. 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Here comes “The Ferocious” one!💥 #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgWelcome to the first winter edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for 2005… * CHEAP FLIGHTS FOR ALL NATIONS TOURNAMENT: Both Virgin Blue and Qantas have current specials and Red-e-deals at the moment for flights to Christchurch New Zealand. So if you’re a senior player or spectator yet to book your airfare, it may be worth checking out prices now. If you are wanting our travel provider to manage your travel for you, simply use this link to go to a story with all of their contact details and information: IST SPORTS TOURS STORY * The June edition of the Touch-e-Talk newsletter is on the ATA website, simply click on the story on the homepage or use the `Newsletters’ link on the left hand side of the homepage. It’s full of stories and info and is even bigger than the May edition, including the new Volunteer of the Month. * The Editors of the newsletter are keen to recognise some of the countless volunteers at all levels of the sport, so if there is someone who has been serving your local or regional area please send some short details to [email protected] * If you would like to join the mailing list for the newsletter, simply send a quick email to [email protected] and let us know, then you’ll receive the July edition direct to your email address. * Rachel’s latest article is also up on the Sports News website, simply go to for the link to the latest story and the link to all of the past Touch stories Rachel has written for the website. From the reports of the website editor, the Touch articles are one of the most popular on the website, so make sure you keep checking them out and proving to the sporting world that there’s a large group of Touch lovers out there keen to see Touch written about and published in the sporting arena. * The ATA has announced the Special General Meeting (SGM) will be held on June 25, with the focus on the proposed constitutional changes for Australian Touch. It’s certainly going to be a big day at the office on that Saturday with a lot of work to be done, if you’re interested in all of the proposed changes and what they mean for you check out this link for all of the documents relating to the proposed changes and the meeting on June 25. Exciting times ahead for Touch around Australia! * The NSW Country sides have been announced for the Country vs City tournament in September 2005. The full list is on the NSW Touch website. * Queensland are firing with the AusTouch program, with Chinchilla (one of the latest centres to take off) having 117 kids take part in the program. Thank you Terry McSweeney, Philip Gyemore and Brenda Rackeman for their hard work in setting up and administering the centre. Congratulations to all involved at Chinchilla Touch for making this the largest centre so far! The AusTouch program is bringing huge numbers of junior players into the Touch Footy stream and is helping us ensure a bright future for the sport. For more info on AusTouch in your state contact your relevant State Association. * The ACT Touch Association is running a level 1 coaching course on Saturday June 18. Give ACT Touch a call on (02) 6285 4977 if you’re interested. * Touch SA have kicked off their State League for 2005. Good luck to all involved, it’s great to see another successful start to the season for Touch in South Australia. * Touch in Victoria is looking for applications for several coach, assistant coach and manager positions. The sides include both Mens and Womens in various divisions such as Under 15’s, Under 18’s, Opens and Over 30’s . Make sure you go to * TouchWest held their North West Championships over the weekend, with Karratha and Broome looking the goods. For all the info on results check out: For a State with such a large region to cover with a lot of desert land between Touch towns and centres, the Touchies from WA are proving they’re fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in Australian Touch. * ATA merchandise staff are currently stocktaking all merchandise from recent events and supplies, so keep an eye on the website because there will be specials and discounts offered soon. * Remember, Rachel is keen to help your local players and associations grab some media coverage whenever possible. With events such as the All Nations fast approaching, this is a great opportunity to promote our people and the sport. Already Suzy Barrett, Matt and Maree Curran, Rachel Holden, Andrew Baggio, Phil Gyemore, Bo De La Cruz, Mary-Anne and Lawrence Fisher and Renee Sealey are just some of the players who have had stories published about them in their local papers for being selected in Open squads or Senior sides for the All Nations tournament. If you are interested in trying to gain some media coverage contact Rachel at [email protected] By Rachel Moylelast_img

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new winger

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new wingerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he wants to make a new winger signing in January.Sarri says a wide player rather than a new striker is the priority.“I have the option with Hazard in this [central] position,” said Sarri. “We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two or three matches.“At the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger. “Now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, so I have the option for striker but have no option for wingers.” last_img read more

Corus chief operating officer Barb Williams retiring at the end of October

first_imgTORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. says chief operating officer Barb Williams will retire at the end of the month.Williams joined the company as part of its acquisition of Shaw Media.Corus acquired Shaw Media in April 2016 for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.The company says Williams played a key role in the integration of the two companies.It says it will not be filling the role of chief operating officer.Corus owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global Television network as well as radio stations, a children’s book publishing business and other services.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)last_img read more

Nonmedical cannabis retail stores in Fort St John continue to wait

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With non-medical cannabis retail stores opening their doors around the region, the question is when will the first shop open their doors in FSJ.With five shops submitting their applications to City Council and being approved, the shops of FSJ seem to be in a holding pattern in different states of assessment with the Government.The third applicant in FSJ is Cannabis Corner to be located at #2 – 10108 100 Street, in the location of the old Playtime Toys. Once that is approved staff can be hired and product ordering from the BCLCB can begin. “We will open within days of receiving conditional approval,” shared Lepine. Danny Lepine, one of the three partners of Cannabis Corner says, “We have completed our security screening interviews a few weeks ago tho we have heard nothing further. We have no idea as to when we may receive approval,”Lepine is waiting to receive conditional approval so the company can go ahead and prepare the store floorplan as designed. There is then a physical store inspection to confirm that the store matches the floorplans submitted.center_img With retailers already opening their doors in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek there is anticipation in Fort St. John to do the same.last_img read more