Guidelines for Assessing Workplace Conduct

Measurement Tool R-A-T-E

This mnemonic illustrates a simple measurement tool to determine whether behaviour towards others could be classified as harassment.

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Appropriate – Is the behavior appropriate to the situation and to the relationship between the individuals?

Trust – Many relationships are “relationships of trust,” for instance the relationship between a professor and a student or between an employee and a supervisor.  Is the behavior a violation of this trust?

Equal – What is the power balance in the relationship? Are the individuals equals? Is the behaviour exploiting a difference in power? Would an objection to the behavior threaten the well-being of the person to whom the behavior is directed?