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The Importance of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for All Organizations

Regardless of organization size and location, it is imperative for all employers to include employee training as part of their culture and strategy for preventing sexual harassment.

More and more states are passing legislation with specific training requirements; lawsuits resulting from sexual harassment negatively impact the whole organization and are costly; and providing a safe, welcoming, and productive work environment has never been more important.

A growing number of states have implemented requirements regarding employer policy and training when it comes to sexual harassment prevention. Several additional states without specific requirements, strongly encourage and recommend sexual harassment prevention training as best practice for all employers. Furthermore, the EEOC states in its Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment Guide, that

“Regular, interactive training tailored to the audience and the organization” is one of five core principles generally proven effective in preventing and addressing harassment.

Whether or not your organization is required to provide sexual harassment prevention training due to state legislation, all employers should adopt training on this topic as part of their culture and HR best practices. Well executed training as part of an organization’s harassment prevention strategy, can go a long way in protecting employees and preventing sexual harassment that can lead to costly lawsuits and a damaged work culture.

When evaluating training options, employers should consider:

  • Specific requirements of the states in which the organization has employees
  • How best to effectively communicate and train their employee base
  • Engaging an organization or individual with specific expertise in human resources, employment law, and harassment prevention training.

Employers will also want to follow the EEOC’s guidance on effective harassment training. The EEOC’s Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment guide states harassment training may be most effective when it is:

  • Championed by senior leaders
  • Repeated and reinforced regularly
  • Provided to employees at every level and location of the organization
  • Provided in a clear, easy to understand style and format
  • Provided in all languages commonly used by employees
  • Tailored to the specific workplace and workforce
  • Conducted by qualified, live, interactive trainers, or, if live training is not feasible, designed to include active engagement by participants
  • Routinely evaluated by participants and revised as necessary

Did you know? OneDigital HR Consulting offers state specific harassment trainings through a turnkey HR Learning Center powered by Zywave, which delivers an on-demand, professional and engaging learning experience for your employees.

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