While to many, this is a very sensitive topic (as it should be), we can also not deny that instituting training to help tackle the harassment problem happening in the United States is a critical step in the right direction. Now, you may be wondering why that is something we need to conquer in the first place. On the surface, it does not seem all that important.
Many large corporate entities that we have seen in the past few decades have made an attempt to sweep incidents under the rug. Customers and consumers tend not to respond well to this methodology, though. Changing strategies seems like the best move both on a moral level and a financial one.
Perhaps that is why many businesses are making the shift, beyond the obvious of policy requirements as seen here: https://www.hrdive.com/news/a-running-list-of-states-and-localities-with-sexual-harassment-training-man/551248/. That is why today, I am here to give you three of the most prominent reasons to institute these measures in your own organizations.
One: It is Required by Law in Many Parts of the Country
Let us get this one out of the way first, since it is likely the most obvious reason. There are many states here in the US that require this type of specialized training depending on how many employees that you have. Usually, it is for more than fifty, but this is not always the case.
If you are not certain about the legislature where you live, it is not a bad idea to do some research on it. The place where your organization operates from could also influence that, so check in on the regulations. Make sure that you are compliant with them, or you could run into legal trouble on multiple fronts.
Two: It Cultivates a More Positive Work Environment
Of course, there are plenty of factors beyond the one that I listed above. So, shifting focus, let us turn our attention to the process of cultivating a positive work environment for both us and our employees. At first it may not seem overly important. However, it has an impact on several things.
Foremost, there is a direct link between the levels of comfort and safety in a workspace and the productivity of the employees within it. Having something like harassment occurring (in any form) is going to obviously have a highly negative impact on that. How can anyone feel safe if they are constantly worried that they are going to experience something so awful?
Thus, adding workplace harassment training to your arsenal of tools to combat that can be quite useful. You do not even have to attempt to teach it all on your own – I know how intimidating that can be. It is easy to feel like a fish out of water when trying to discuss it with your employees. We can never truly know if anyone there has experienced harassment at previous jobs or in other circumstances as well, raising the risk of unintentionally triggering someone.
Three: It Keeps You and Your Workers Safe
The final note that I want to touch upon today is the fact that implementing courses like this can protect both you and your employees. How does that work? At surface level, it may seem like we only offer these sorts of training sessions to benefit employees.
However, this is not true. You see, managers, supervisors, and bosses at all tiers of the workforce can also learn a lot from the material. By doing that, they are helping shield you from potential lawsuits in the future that involve the leverage of power to pressure employees (amongst other offenses).
Of course, you are taking strides to protect those who work for you as well. Personally, I believe that instating a zero-tolerance policy is one of the best methods of doing so in tandem with training courses. If you are not sure what that means, check out this page for some more details on it.
Generally speaking, we can see why a lot of organizations and companies are starting to give these courses. Defining “harassment” can be a challenge for many of us, seeing as it can seem like a subjective phrase. What is a joke to one person may be classified as harassment to another.
This does not mean that we should brush it off, though. In fact, I would argue that this could not be further from the truth. We should take all reported incidents seriously.
You see, even if it is funny in the instigator’s eyes, there is a good chance that their victim finds it hurtful or alienating. Nip any problems like that in the bud, and instead encourage cooperative collaboration between everyone in the space. That way, you help prevent further incidents from occurring as well.