On the Job Harassment – When It’s Not All Fun and Games Anymore

Have you ever felt uncomfortable at work? Is there someone you work with that you feel intimidated by to the point of actually being fearful of them? If you have ever experienced any of these feelings then you may have been the victim of on the job harassment.

Your workplace, although it might not be your home, is still a place where you have every right to feel safe in and be able to focus on your job instead of how you are treated by other employees. You and your fellow employees should complement each other as you work together and you should never have to work in an environment where you feel bullied, discriminated against or where you feel that you can’t speak your mind for fear of retribution.

What Is On The Job Harassment? – Basically, on the job harassment is when a coworker might touch, hit, punch, feel, fondle, caress, maul or lick any part of your body in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. While contact is not always necessary and there are guidelines and books written on the subject, if a coworker does something that you feel fearful of speaking about with them or a third party, then you have probably been harassed.

There might be times when your harasser might say that the contact or comment was welcomed. But instead of blaming yourself or feeling as if you are trapped, just think about this. If you were close enough with this coworker then you wouldn’t have a problem with telling them to knock it off. The important aspect of any sort of harassment is how you feel and not what your harasser thinks since many harassers or bullies are very good at manipulating and your particular instance of on the job harassment probably isn’t an isolated case.

What You Can Do About On The Job Harassment – While you might wish to just sweep it all under the rug or hope that your coworker or boss just forgets about it or never does it again, this is seldom the case. Your first step towards resolving the issue and getting back to living your life and loving your job again should be to confront your coworker. If this is an isolated case and a simple misunderstanding then talking with them should set them straight and there will never be such a misunderstanding or any form of harassment again. This might make things a little weird for a while between you and your coworker or boss but they will get over it or they can deal with option number two.

Option number two can also be your primary option if you truly feel fearful of retribution or you just don’t want to deal with the situation. After all, you are there to work and there are people like your Human Resources person, who is trained to deal with harassment and that is who you can go to with your concerns if you feel fearful of talking with your harasser.

A skilled HR person will know how to handle things and if there is retribution for talking to someone in human resources about the incident then you have another problem that you can talk to HR about. In situations that involve harassment your concerns should be kept anonymous and a good HR person will be able to handle things so you shouldn’t feel as if you did something wrong or be perceived as a rat or tattle tale.

Harassment is a serious problem and one that often carries the penalty of immediate termination in most companies. You have been hired to do a job and so has your coworker. Part of your job is not to feel intimidated or demoralized in any way and your coworker was not hired to harass employees. You have the right to work in a place that is safe for you both physically and emotionally and that is your employers responsibility to maintain a peaceful and safe place for you to do your job free from on the job harassment.

Social Media – It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Gets Hurt!

Everyone… well, most people… enjoy posting on Social Media sites. It can help us stay in touch with friends and family, find out what the newest products are from our favorite stores and even stay on top of current news. But sometimes you see things that make you wonder what was going on in someone’s mind when they posted. Here are the top 5 things that I see people doing on Social Medias sites that spell T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

1. Your Social Security number, Phone number, email address or home address – I can’t stress enough how important it is that you NOT share this information anywhere online. Please don’t post your phone number or address on any social media platform ever. This is just plain unsafe. First of all, there are bots online that specifically search for this type of information and you will end up on every phone and mailing (snail mail and email) list known to mankind. Second of all, remember that person who had a crush on you way, way back when? Do you really want them, or some other random odd person, showing up at your doorstep? Can you spell stalker? It’s really not a smart idea… thumbs down on sharing your social security number, phone number, email or physical address online.

2. Your Social or Vacation Plans – When you post on different social media platforms (and I am thinking specifically about Facebook in this scenario) everyone can see your information… so a friend’s third cousin’s best friend’s Uncle may be seeing your posts. What I am getting at here is that you may not know everyone who sees your posts. Posting that you will be out for the evening or in Hawaii from March 15th through the 25th may not be the best idea. I am specifically referring to the potential for criminal activity in your home.

3. Drama – Social Media is a place for happiness to take place. Connect with old friends, share good news and stay up to date with friends and family… but don’t share your arguments and air your grievances online. It hurts relationships, creates more drama and it makes you look bad… no matter how awesome you really are.

4. Complaints about Coworkers and Bosses – If you want to ruin your relationships with coworkers and maybe get fired then make sure that you complain often and publicly on Social Media. But if you value your reputation and your job I would avoid complaining online about your work, bosses, coworkers or anything to do at all with your job. And besides… put yourself into their shoes. Would you want to work with someone who would rather complain publicly than come and talk with you openly about the issues that they are facing? Me neither. This doesn’t just make an employer look bad – it makes you look unprofessional.

And last but not least…

5. Don’t post pictures that you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to see – This is pretty self-explanatory. We have all seen pictures of people in situations where you just know that they shouldn’t have been posted publicly (near nudity, drunkenness and general all around debauchery come to mind). Employers and potential clients (if you own your own business) look at your social media to get a feel for who you are in your personal life. Your posts and pictures speak volumes about your character and ethics. Do you really want to miss out on your dream job because every picture you post is from a party or from participating in events that may be deemed as not acceptable? My advice for determining whether or not you should post a picture is “don’t post it if you wouldn’t show it to your Grandmother.” Leave that picture in an album to remind you of just how fun and crazy you can get and only share it with your most trusted friends.

Fun and Games This Easter With an Easter Egg Hunt!

Step number one is to theme the surroundings where you plan to hold the activity. So get in some Easter decorations such as bunting, helium balloons, streamers and baskets which should feature rabbits and eggs. Then decorate your house, garden or any other area the egg hunt will feature to create a delightful atmosphere.

Once you’ve decorated we can move on to the next step which involves the eggs! You need to have a variety of multi coloured plastic eggs which can be filled with treats such as sweets, toys, stickers and small amounts money. Make sure that in one of the eggs (which you will later hide very well) write a note with the words “Egg Hunt Winner – Congratulations”. Once your eggs are ready you need to hide them. It’s best to hide them in a range of ways – some made easier to find for the younger children and some made harder to find for the older children. Don’t forget that the egg with the winners not in it should be made the hardest to find! At this point you may choose to do an egg hunt map – perhaps if your area is large or for smaller areas simply produce a list of clues.

Now the next step is totally optional, so you can choose if you want this or not. To collect the eggs you’re going to need some bags to give out. You can buy them in already made and themed or alternatively add an extra activity in for the kids and get them to decorate their own. On a large table place some plain paper bags, coloured pens or pencils and some Easter themed stickers. When the party goers arrive get them do decorate their own bags for the hunt. Once everyone has decorated and personalised their bag, the hunt can begin! Set the children off!

When you know all the eggs have been found – gather the children into one area. Ask everyone to look inside their eggs for the winner’s ticket and once identified, award them with the main Easter prize (this could be a huge Easter egg, large chocolate bunny or something with a symbolic religious Easter meaning).

Now that the hunt is over, why not serve refreshments afterwards? You could create an Easter soft drink cocktail, some finger food such as sandwiches and even some Easter cakes or cookies. We hope that’s given you some great ideas for Easter games and activities to make your party full of fun and excitement!

Math Activity For Fun And Learning

Math activity like drill and practice help a child gaining good mental number skills. Moreover, if the practice is done everyday through fun and games, children easily get familiar with numbers. Nowadays, we have a number of online math activities meant for children and the grown-ups alike. Teachers, parents and children have a number of games and number drill activities at hand. The online math worksheets help a child practice computing skills, number and logic, geometric and money exchange skills. The number skill in a child grows along with daily shopping skills- how they can get an object in exchange of money.

In online math activity like Dinner Time, a child can practice and grow its skill in measuring time. We have task cards, through which a child prepares a meal for dinner in a fixed time frame. He or she is assigned a specific time frame in which the food item is to be prepared. This number game is played between a small group of children and a clock pattern is maintained in playing the game. Games like Body Parts help a child know how to measure length with the help of a string and mark them in a data sheet.

Want to make your child familiar with Perimeter and Area? Now you have online math activity to help your child. Your child can measure and co-relate between area and perimeter of a particular figure. In this game, a child uses specific design shapes and blocks. These blocks are used according to the given instructions on a task card. The numbers are changed and so the area and perimeter of the given figures are also changed.
This game can be enjoyed more than two or three children in a small group. Not only solid blocks, we have number games in form of mold figures.

Play Dough is another mold figure game that children enjoy as a part of their online math activity. This game builds up number reflex in a small child easily. Through Play Dough, a child gathers number skills in measuring length, getting the volume of a particular object, area and perimeter of particular figures. Children use the playing dough to estimate and measure volume. An easy to follow task card is given to guide the children effectively. The child molds the dough to measure the lengths and areas of given figures and estimate the total circumference. The game is meant for classroom math activities and it can be played by one or more children.

Comparing Cylinders and Estimating Length are popular classroom math activity for children. Comparing Cylinders is played by children to estimate the surface area and determine the volume of given figures. Here students have to find the change in capacity of said containers made of same size of papers. In Estimating Length, children have to find the length by calculating the units of measurement. Children can estimate the measuring units to use while measuring the given objects. The game is played in a group and children have to maintain an activity data sheet.

Ideas for Fun and Games in the Classroom

Sometimes there’s no other way of getting pupils to calm down and focus on the matter in hand than playing a few games to get rid of their excess energy. Games can also be used to explain obscure concepts and theories that can be hard to grasp, particularly for those students who struggle to get good results in the subject.

General

It’s always a good idea to kick off the new year, new term or new semester with a few icebreaker games, particularly if any new students have joined the class or if it’s a first year class. This is likely to see the kids instantly take a shine to the teacher and the subject, heightening their interest in attending future classes.

But don’t jump into the deep end straight away. Making kids carry out problem solving games too soon could do more harm than good to group dynamics and the overall atmosphere in class. Start with lighthearted games and quizzes that aren’t overly competitive and focused on winning. And always make sure you debrief the group if any conflict has arisen or if you feel someone has been left out.

English

There is vast potential for fun and games in language classes. In many cases, printing texts is the only form of preparation you need to carry out. For example, a great game is to print out popular poems or book extracts, handing one to each pupil in the class. Request a volunteer to be the conductor of the group, and make your students develop their own sign language to indicate what tone of voice and level of volume they should be reading at. Once this has been determined, the conductor can lead the class in a textual chorus.

Alternatives include quizzes on grammar and popular literature, and spelling bees.

Maths and Science

It’s well worth easing students into science and maths subjects gradually. Introducing them to formulae and complex concepts from day one is more likely to scare the class rather than intrigue them.

Make your students count from 1 to 100 as fast as possible, do the times table backwards, or think of 100 things to do with an object such as a test tube or a ruler in a set period of time.

At a later stage, geometry puzzles can greatly help illustrate mathematical ideas and concepts, or you could do science experiments such as building a fruit battery or solar cooker.

Remember, though games are highly enjoyable, it’s very important to strike a balance between fun and seriousness so as not to harm your authority in the eyes of your students.