There has been no hotter topic trending these last few months than Sexual Harassment. And while it may seem very far away in Hollywood, it is closer to home than you know. Even as we experience this moral awakening though, it is important to remember that the reason why it has been such a quiet topic for so long is because it is so easy to say nothing. And that is something that needs to be addressed by everyone in the workplace in order to support this catalyst for change.
For those who are victims, the decision to say something can have life-altering consequences. For those who have witnessed the harassment, it is easier to stay out of it. And for those who are the harassers, they have no reason to stop if nothing is ever reported or said. To understand the dynamics at play for all three, it is extremely important to discuss the subject, bring it to the forefront of your priorities in 2018, and ensure that it is addressed in your company policy no matter the size of your business or practice.
You would be surprised by how many people do not know all of the behaviors that constitute sexual harassment. To eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace, the rules must be clear, but it is in the best interest of Human Resources to also make sure that employees philosophically understand what constitutes the violation of someone’s right to a safe and positive workplace.
Now is the time to review your employee handbooks and ensure that the proper policies are in place and that they are written in a very concise format. Now is the time to provide staff training – whether online or in person – to address the subject of sexual harassment in a more in-depth approach that encourages discussion and questions without judgment. Now is the time to make a sexual harassment policy a significant part of your 2018 HR goal setting.
- Do you have a Sexual Harassment policy?
- When was it last updated?
- Have your employees read it?
B2 can provide you with the consultants you need to address this major issue with the expertise required to properly educate your staff. The time spent now can prevent costly allegations from occurring in the future. It is important for each and every one of us to take this matter seriously and address it in a way that improves workplace morale and employee retention.