Creating an effective harassment prevention program in your workplace starts at the top. The following checklist is a tool to help leaders of an organization use their power to establish a culture of respect that repels harassment.
Check the box if the leadership of your organization has taken the following steps:
◻ Leadership has allocated sufficient resources for a harassment prevention effort
◻ Leadership has allocated sufficient staff time for a harassment prevention effort
◻ Leadership has assessed harassment risk factors and has taken steps to minimize those risks
Based on the commitment of leadership, check the box if your organization has the following components in place:
◻ A harassment policy that is easy-to-understand and that is regularly communicated to all employees
◻ A harassment reporting system that employees know about and is fully resourced and which accepts reports of harassment experienced and observed
◻ Imposition of discipline that is prompt, consistent, and proportionate to the severity of the harassment
◻ Accountability for mid-level managers and front-line supervisors to prevent and/or respond to workplace harassment
◻ Regular awareness and prevention trainings for all employees so they can recognize prohibited forms of conduct and know how to use the reporting system
◻ Regular compliance trainings for mid-level managers and front-line supervisors so they know how to prevent and/or respond to workplace harassment
Bonus points if you can check these boxes:
◻ The organization conducts climate surveys on a regular basis to assess the extent to which harassment is experienced as a problem in the workplace
◻ The organization has implemented metrics for harassment response and prevention in supervisory employees’ performance reviews
◻ The organization conducts bystander intervention training
◻ The organization has partnered with researchers to evaluate the organization’s holistic workplace harassment prevention effort
This checklist is meant to be a useful tool in thinking about and taking steps to prevent harassment in the workplace and responding to harassment when it occurs. It is not meant to convey legal advice.
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