Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Boundaries and Sexuality in the Workplace

Often when I ask others to identify problems in the workplace, the subject of sexuality comes up. A woman may constantly be saying inappropriate things to a male coworker. Or a man may be clearly coming on to a woman. If you are in a situation like that, what should you do?

If someone is constantly saying inappropriate things, and you have not asked them to quit, could it be that you enjoy their attention? What other choices would you have?

This is a place for you to set a personal boundary in order to keep your thinking clear. A situation like this needs immediate confrontation. It would be best to go to that person in an open place and apologize if you have done anything to encourage them; then explain that you want it to stop.

Jesus said if your arm offends you, cut it off; if your eye offends you, pluck it out. He means for us to give no opportunity to the lust of our flesh, and if you don’t take immediate action, you will be inviting trouble. This sort of set-up is a disaster looking for a place to happen. You want to make sure you are not contributing to it.

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