Despite legislation and law enforcement, incidents of harassment still occur in the workplace. Often employers are at a loss in knowing how to prevent it. They can’t be everywhere at once to supervise first-hand what is taking place in their business.
The new training being offered by the EEOC is a proactive solution for preventing harassment. The training applies to real life situations and gives employees and employers valuable tools that begin by addressing uncivil behavior, which can escalate and lead to harassment.
How Does This Training Differ from Other Anti-Harassment Education and Training Programs?
Traditional anti-harassment or anti-discrimination training programs focus on educating supervisors and workers about existing laws, legal definitions and liability standards that businesses must meet.
The EEOC’s new programs , called “Leading for Respect” and “Respect in the Workplace,” focus directly on conduct.
Participants in the program learn about treating others with respect and what respectful conduct involves. By fostering respectful behavior in the workplace, businesses can also become more efficient and profitable. The training also assists employers by reviewing their policies and procedures and evaluating them in terms of harassment prevention.
The point where a company starts preventing harassment is by changing its culture. Two main aspects of the program geared to do this are workplace civility training and bystander intervention training.
Workplace Civility and Bystander Intervention Training
Workplace civility training promotes civility and tolerance for diversity in the workplace. When workers enter a general culture of civility, employers often see less of its counterpart, harassment.
Civility training has been used by employers and is not new to workplaces. However, bystander prevention training is a newer concept for preventing harassment.
Schools and colleges have used violence intervention training as a way to curb sexual assault. It empowers students to intervene and prevent assault by increasing bystander awareness, encouraging collective responsibility, empowering students through skill-building exercises and making resources available to support intervention. By-stander prevention training brings the same skills to the workplace to enable workers to intervene and stop harassment.
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Stephen Hans & Associates has decades of experience assisting company owners with employment related issues.