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Tackling Sexual Harassment At Work

Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace plays an important role for fostering a safe and respectful atmosphere for all employees. Here are some safeguards and approaches that both employers and employees may implement:

For Employers

 

Develop Clear Policies Against Sexual Harassment

  • Create an anti-sexual harassment policy that defines sexual harassment, offers examples, and discusses the penalties for violations.
  • Ensure that every employee have a copy of the policy and are educated on its contents. Provide frequent training sessions to familiarize employees about the rules.

Establish Reporting Procedures

  • Establish a private and immediately accessible reporting tool for workers to report incidents of harassment. Make certain employees understand how and where to report.
  • Reassure employees that reporting harassment won’t result in retaliation

Investigate Sexual Harassment Complaints Thoroughly

  • Look into any allegations of harassment as soon as possible. Consider them carefully, and if needed, use the help of an impartial third party or an HR specialist.
  • Maintain records of all investigations and actions performed.

Provide Training

  • Conduct prevention training on a regular basis for all employees. It should also include supervisors and managers.
  • Explaining sexual harassment should be covered in training, along with reporting procedures and the penalties for those who engage in it.

Lead by Example

  • Encourage an inclusive and respectful culture from the top down. Managers and leaders have a duty to provide an example of proper conduct.
  • It is imperative to promptly and consistently address any inappropriate behavior, irrespective of the employee’s status.

Monitor and Evaluate

  • Evaluate the success of your preventive actions on a regular basis. Get employee input so you may adjust your policies and training initiatives as needed.

For Employees

 

Know the Policy

Learn about the anti-sexual harassment policy of the company you work for. Identify what constitutes harassment and know what to do if you witness or experience it.

Speak Up About Sexual Harassment

Report harassment as soon as possible to the appropriate department or individual within your company if you observe or experience it. Realize that silence might make the issue worse.

Document Incidents

All incidences should be documented, along with the dates, times, places, people involved, and any witnesses. During an investigation, having documents or photos to support your statement is beneficial to the victim of  harassment.

Support Colleagues

Offer your support and encourage a coworker to report sexual harassment if they confide in you about having experienced it. If required, testify.

Attend Training for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Take advantage of any harassment prevention training that your company may provide. It’s critical that you understand your rights and duties.

Respect Boundaries

Respect your coworkers’ personal space and boundaries at all times. Take care with your words, humor, and demeanor so as not to offend anyone.

Avoid Retaliation

Retaliation against anybody who reports harassment is not acceptable, nor should it be encouraged. Report any incidents you witness of retaliation.

 

Preventing sexual harassment requires a collaborative effort on the part of both employers and employees. Workplaces may greatly reduce the occurrence of sexual abuse and create a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone by fostering a culture of respect, implementing clear policies, and offering training and assistance.

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