It has always been important to make sure harassment prevention and remediation programs are in place, and over the last few weeks, it has become a bet-the-company proposition. This time, it is one that is especially worthy of making the list of early New Year’s Resolutions.
- Review your policies. Make sure they are complete and effective in the way they provide guidance on proper work-related behavior.
- Encourage prompt reporting from all parties, including bystanders.
- Climate change is not just for the environment. Survey workplace surroundings to ensure that everything possible is being done to encourage use of internal processes. Employers want to know about complaints and/or concerns immediately – not weeks or months after the fact.
- Update and renew prevention training, top to bottom. Include leadership, C-Suite Executives, and the Board of Directors. Include everyone – it matters that much.
- Reinforce behavioral expectations. If social media can warn readers when something is NSFW (Not Suitable For Work), employers can also develop similar tools to identify inappropriate behavior and implement change (and the timing is now, before holiday parties).
- Use careful disciplinary processes. Don’t check due process at the door. Nobody complains about fairness, objectivity or impartiality.
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