Last week, we discussed the trending topic of harassment in the workplace
, and included some noteworthy EEOC statistics highlighting an uptick in harassment claims in 2017.
When it comes to harassment in the workplace, we all have a responsibility to recognize and address this type of behavior before it becomes a larger issue. In the past (think Mad Men era), it was not uncommon for occurrences of harassment to go unreported. Whereas previous generations often took a “handle it yourself” approach to harassment, today’s workforce is more educated about harassment and less likely to tolerate this type of behavior in the workplace.
As an employer, you have several ways to mitigate harassment claims within your organization. Perhaps the most important tool available to you is education. Achilles Group takes a proactive approach to harassment by training employees on the importance of treating others with respect and dignity in the workplace and educating leadership on the process of addressing claims quickly and consistently. Here is what you can expect from our Respect In The Workplace training:
- -A proactive approach, designed to help prevent harassment from occurring within your organization by teaching employees to identify when behavior becomes unlawful, and the proper procedures for reporting. Our goal is to help your employees become more aware of their actions and words and how they affect the people around them.
- -The important part each employee plays in creating a work environment that is safe, respectful and free of harassment.
- -Training is typically done with an organization’s entire workforce, but a focus session with leadership is recommended as well, and must occur in order to mitigate risk.
- -How to respond to claims if and when they do arise. Much like a dental problem, harassment claims do not get better over time, and must be attended to promptly.
Terms such as “harassment” and “hostile work environment” are scary words for leaders to hear, perhaps now more than ever before. Our Respect In The Workplace training can give your staff the confidence to handle these claims calmly and rationally, as well as act as an unbiased third-party investigator when needed. If you are interested in learning more about this training and how it can be of benefit to your organization, as well as other Risk Mitigation services Achilles Group can provide, please contact us today to set up a Discovery Meeting