By Mark Dorosz
VP of Compliance Learning, Interactive Services
Amidst the wave of sexual harassment scandals rocking entertainment and politics, big business is taking a pre-emptive strike to get its own house in order.
Microsoft ended 2017 by announcing it will stop using forced arbitration agreements to settle sexual harassment cases behind closed doors – instead, employees will be able to take their case to public court. A federal law banning the practice of forced arbitration looks set to follow suit in 2018.
With sexual harassment cases gaining so much traction in the media and with the advent of social media campaigns like #MeToo and Times Up, workplace harassment policies are no longer the exclusive domain of HR Directors. Everyone from CEOs to board members are looking at what they can do to end to sexual harassment in Corporate America.
A training and awareness campaign is a meaningful way of highlighting this issue and changing behavior in your organization. Training must be rich and high-quality to reflect the importance the organization places on preventing sexual harassment. There is a plethora of boring, low budget options, but if people see that your organization has invested significant time and effort in preventing sexual harassment, they are more likely to take it seriously. [Read more…]