Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How Companies can Prepare, Prevent, Respond and Transform their Culture
This report discusses the action organizations can take to create a safe and fair work environment for all employees beyond policies and training. According to Catalyst’s report, these are four important actions:
- Cultivate a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Take proactive steps to make this policy and your company’s commitment visible.
- Set guidelines to help employees understand appropriate norms for human interaction and affection in the workplace.
- Create processes to consider how sexual harassment affects women of colour and other marginalized groups in your organization.
- Educate yourself about your organization’s policies and procedures for when the board should be involved with or notified of sexual harassment complaints.
- Galvanize across functions to help employees have quick access to resources.
- Accelerate parity in representation of women at all levels, including your Board of Directors.
- Educate and train leaders on forms of sexual harassment – including how to escalate.
- Focus on effective anti-sexual harassment training.
- Reinforce your company’s zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and retaliation.
- Investigate all claims promptly and fairly.
- Honour the target of sexual harassment and follow up accordingly.
- Allow space for support, understanding, and, ultimately, compassion.
- Build a climate of respect and accountability.
- Evaluate your company’s dominant business culture.
- Address heavy alcohol consumption at work functions.
Additional sexual harassment resources from Catalyst can be found here or at the links below:
- Infographic: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know
- Webinar Recording: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace