Best Practice: Protecting You and Your Business from Harassment Claims by Creating a Positive Work Culture

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Ijona Skills

SHRM CEO's recent testimony at the CA legislature echoed what the EEOC said in 2016 - culture is the key to harassment prevention, and in fact culture trumps compliance. So your training allows you to check the compliance box, but why are you stopping there? Your best defense is creating a positive culture that leaves no room for harassment, because speaking up is comfortable. That is, your best defense is inviting employees to resolve the issue internally.

Why should you attend?

Businesses who allow legal, negative behaviors to happen (e.g., bullying) are inviting employees to tell an attorney when illegal harassment happens. Employees can see behavior and culture are irrelevant to management, so why speak up? Stop inviting your employees to keep silent on harassment, and start helping them thrive. As SHRM's Taylor says, "With a healthy workplace culture, when sexual harassment is observed or experienced, the community takes over and shuts it down collectively, with a message that this behavior will not be tolerated here, by anyone at any level."

Areas Covered in the Session:


  • Understanding stark similarities between incivility, conflict, harassment, bullying, and violence

  • Developing a stronger understanding of the subtleties of sexual harassment

  • Understanding aggression and harassment as a social phenomenon, and why addressing it as a social problem is more powerful and sustainable than any one-time-training can offer

  • Identifying the risks of allowing negative behaviors to thrive

  • Steps for creating a culture that does not tolerate harassment or bullying

  • Identifying the three steps of intervention to address behavior that goes against your core values

  • Discovering a simple tool for coaching those engaging in any behavior that goes against your core values, including harassment and bullying.


Who can Benefit:


  • HR Managers

  • HR Directors

  • HR Administrators

  • VPs of Human Resources

  • EAP's

  • Business Owners

  • Leaders, Directors, Managers and Supervisors

  • Employee Relations

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