The last year has seen countless powerful media and entertainment figures fall out of the limelight because of sexual harassment allegations. The #metoo conversation has made it necessary for employers to consider what they are doing internally to instill a company culture that discourages sexual harassment.
Below are some of the ways organizations can create a safer workplace environment for all its employees:
- Don’t assume you are immune: Never assume your company is “above” such behavior as sexual harassment. Whether you’re an established company or a young startup with a young progressive base of employees, always assume your company is at risk for sexual harassment issues so you can be proactive about implementing policies to prevent them from becoming an issue.
- Make an effort to diversify management: While having both men and women in management will not automatically eliminate sexual harassment, a balance in leadership can help combat cultures that could become tolerant of harassment.
- Emphasize the importance of HR: Human resources should be a big part of establishing a positive company culture. If you have the ability to do so, bring a director of HR on staff if there is not one already, and make them a part of leadership.
- Implement confidential reporting procedures: Everyone should be aware of the steps they can take to confidentially file reports about harassment incidents, and the results and consequences of harassment should be real and consistent.
For further guidance and advice on how you can file a harassment claim as an employee or instill an anti-harassment culture as an employer, work with an experienced Dallas attorney at Whistleblower Law for Managers.