Fairwords Weekly: Prevent Workplace Harassment with New Types of Training
July 28, 2022
“When companies make big statements about DE&I but then roll out the same old training they’ve used for years, it breeds cynicism and can backfire.”
— Andrew Rawson, Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Traliant
Today’s workplace looks very different than it did a few short years ago. The pandemic forced a more dispersed workforce that conducts a large portion of business on digital communications channels. And while there has been a significant shift in the workplace structure, harassment still finds its way into it, costing companies big. Harassment training approaches must also transform to meet the needs of this new normal. This week, we explore how to prevent workplace harassment with new types of training and the high cost of getting left behind.
Bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of misconduct can cost an organization its image, reputation, and credibility, and impact the bottom line—to the tune of $20.2 billion, according to a new study by Vault Platform. This number is conservative, based on a five-year-old estimate, and it does not include any legal, compensation, or other costs associated with the departure or replacement of employees. Learn more about the study and the steps required to prevent workplace misconduct.
When the pandemic hit, the belief was that sexual harassment, discrimination, and bullying incidents would likely decrease due to less in-person contact in the workplace. However, with 30 percent of employees surveyed saying they’d experienced unwelcome behavior via digital channels since the pandemic’s beginning, the opposite has proven true. As a result, HR leaders are turning to next-generation digital training approaches to help prevent such misbehavior. Digital learning has several advantages when used either in tandem with or as a replacement for in-person training. Digital methods also ensure more consistency in training content delivery and can make keeping records of employee training attendance easier should there be an EEOC investigation or lawsuit. Learn more about digital training methods and get three best practices to guide your training strategies.