The best way to handle disturbing messages at work is to speak up - that goes for managers and workers, says a human resources expert.

Say something sooner rather than later. Silence may be perceived as condoning such conduct.

Reporting behavior promptly ensures a nonhostile work culture and protects you as an individual from being perceived as participating.

Provide training for everyone if an issue arises, not just because of the bad apples. Consider it a learning opportunity

to inform staff members of rights, responsibilities, and where they can go for help.

Train managers on harassment prevention and correction before an issue arises.

Consider buying Employment Practices Liability Insurance. Some carriers will offer discounts for good human resource policies.

SOURCE: Christine V. Walters, human resource consultant and Society of Human Resource Management expert.EndText