Bruce’s Summary: The need for Sexual Harassment Training hasn’t diminished. The cost to employers due to lack of training continues to be expensive and yet Sexual Harassment hasn’t stopped in the workplace. The author presents some good ideas on how to make training more effective and the why.
I agree with the author – all harassment training should be presented live, not on some “check the box,” one to two hour video that was sold on the idea of efficiency and cost savings. That appears to not be working so well.
Dealing with human beings on such personal and subjective issues should be done in live settings where discussion and real issues can be addressed. As the author indicates, training has become commonplace and a defense to such lawsuits, but this is an after effect result not a preventive result.
Remember, the business goal originally was to stop harassment in the workplace and the larger (many times forgotten) goal was to improve communication, reduce conflict and be more understanding of cultural differences. If we can improve communication and relationships in the workplace just 10 to 20%, everyone wins and for those hard core business bottom line folks, revenue is saved. It really isn’t as complicated as we humans sometimes make it out to be. “None of the information contained herein should be construed as legal advice, nor are Calvin Associates consultants engaged to offer legal advice. If there is a need for legal advice, please contact and seek the advice of independent legal counsel.”