Harassment is top of mind for many organizations these days. However, in many instances there is a lack of understanding about what constitutes harassment and discrimination.
Organizations are responding reactively to harassment claims rather than acting proactively to ensure that there is a clear expectation of professionalism.
• Harassment of any kind creates a hostile, unsafe work environment and, as a result, directly works against a positive and respectful workplace culture.
• Harassment can have a detrimental effect on the victim, negatively impacting their ability to earn a living and causing significant stress and fear for personal safety. It can also harm those who witness it by creating fear about their own safety as well as tempting them to engage in the same behavior and encouraging them to view others in demeaning ways.
• Harassment takes a village; we all have a responsibility to stop it.
Impact and Result
✓ Clearly communicate behavioral expectations to ensure a high level of professionalism.
✓ Provide training to ensure that employees understand what constitutes harassment and discrimination
✓ Create a respectful, safe, and inclusive environment for all employees.