October 18, 2016
Here at Zoe Training & Consulting we have recently fielded an increasing number of inquiries about harassment prevention training. This in itself could be considered either a negative or positive trend – companies are either coincidentally acting proactively or they are facing an increasing number of harassment cases. Considering a timely June 2016 report by the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, however, it may be safe to assume it’s the latter.
Harassment in the workplace has been recognized as a legitimate form of discrimination by the federal government since 1964, when the U.S. Supreme Court started recognizing claims. Since that time, though, despite all the awareness campaigns, mandates for compliance, and enforcement for prevention, workplace complaints have only increased in number. As the EEOC Task Force reported, “too many people in too many workplaces find themselves in unacceptably harassing situations when they are simply trying to do their jobs.”
In their report the EEOC Task Force highlighted the following key findings:
Compliance training helps employers comply with the legal requirements of employment non-discrimination laws and increases awareness among employees of the types of conduct that are considered harassment and therefore unacceptable in the workplace. But harassment prevention training on its own may not be enough. Although the EEOC Task Force came to the conclusion that compliance training is effective, they recommend a more holistic and long-term approach to stemming the problem.
In light of the above findings, here are a few recommended Zoe Training offerings that support a holistic approach to addressing and preventing harassment in the workplace. Please note that this is only a partial list and with a one-on-one assessment we can offer a more comprehensive selection of offerings based on your company’s specific needs.
Moving beyond just a definition of and emotional reaction to bullying, this presentation talks about prevention and how we can create caring communities and positive climates in our workplace and schools.
All employees and managers must know what constitutes sexual harassment, need to follow the organization’s guidelines, be clear about their responsibility, and know how to respond to a situation involving sexual harassment appropriately and effectively.
If creating a safe, hospitable, and respectful work environment is your goal, then the proactive approach to understanding difference and managing conflict of this training is a must.
Being culturally competent can help with one’s ability to interact successfully with all kinds of people. In this presentation participants cultivate their ability to understand, communicate with, and interact with people across cultures.
Two individuals may react to essentially similar external circumstances and factors in vastly dissimilar ways—in fact, sometimes our own perceptions are so different from another person’s that we are left wondering, “What color is the grass in that person’s world? It must be purple because she just doesn’t see the world the same way I do.” Finding ways to use ALL of our differences as strengths instead of obstacles helps teams function more effectively, deliver better bottom line results and create more innovative solutions. This humorous, practical workshop will cover common sources of misunderstanding and a framework for putting everyone’s filters to work in a beneficial manner—no matter what color the grass may be.
This humorous, practical workshop will cover common sources of misunderstanding and potential disrespect including race, religion, gender, personality differences, etc. as well as the means by which we communicate with one another and how these tools (i.e., email, voice mail) may be causing more interference than assistance.
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