We trust our people to make conscious and informed choices while sharing humor on Slack, Social Media, and other public-facing channels. However, we don’t always know what troubles others.
We must remember that what we don’t consider sensitive could be a painful trigger for others. Being aware of our audience and conscious of the impact of current events upon them is wise. When in doubt, act on the side of kindness and be quiet.
Let’s talk about what’s not funny at work.
Skip jokes that disrespectfully separate you from those you work with.
Beyond the risk that out-of-bounds employee humor can create over the long term, it can also directly impact the performance of teammates and other employees. Addressing this may require a conversation between you, the team member whose humor is causing the problem, and the People Operations team about how to proceed.
When a team member finds a concerning post, contact the poster to explain why the post may hurt another. The post author should edit or remove the post to limit the negative impact on others.
When the above step does not lead to a conclusion, raise a Safe Space Concern to investigate and assist the situation.