HRO Today October 2019 - 37

D&I
Fostering
Respect
and
Inclusion
Understanding policy is only one part of an effective harassment training
program.
By Andrew Rawson
Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, one of the
main challenges for HR leaders is how to implement an
effective sexual harassment training program. Today's
programs need to be relevant to a diverse workforce,
up to date with evolving laws, and part of the
organization's strategy to improve workplace culture.
For thousands of HR offi cers and their organizations,
ensuring that all employees are trained on sexual
harassment prevention is now the law. While previously
some states have had sexual harassment training
requirements, it didn't legally apply to all employees.
Since 2018, six states-California, New York, Illinois,
Connecticut, Maine, and Delaware-have passed
laws that mandate sexual harassment training for all
employees and managers. In fact, New York has an
impending deadline this fall.
In its infl uential 2016 report on workplace harassment,
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's
(EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment
in the Workplace said that regular, interactive training
is one of the core principles for effectively addressing
and preventing workplace harassment. With the active
support of senior leaders, training can help ensure that
employees and managers have a clear understanding
of the rules, policies, and procedures for reporting
complaints. Training can also help clarify expectations for
behavior and the consequences of misconduct. Further,
the EEOC said that effective training must shift the
focus from teaching laws and avoiding legal liability to
changing behaviors and promoting respect and civility.
Developments in eLearning tools and video technology
are ushering in new approaches to online harassment
training. These platforms provide interactive, realistic
video scenarios, point-scoring assessments, and other
elements to engage a 21st century workforce. Building
on the idea that people remember stories, video
scenarios can illustrate the effects of harassment as well
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