Harassment Compliance Training Done Right

If you have more than 50 employees, chances are you offer sexual harassment training to your supervisors. Such training is mandated by law in CA, ME and CT and is strongly encouraged everywhere else as a way to reduce liability if a harassment situation were to occur.

Most companies offer a legal compliance training that covers the law and basically tells supervisors – it’s against the law so don’t do it. Legal compliance satisfied. If you are ever hit with a lawsuit, you can now argue – well – we told them not to do it, it’s not our fault if it happened.

This is a REALLY cynical way of viewing harassment training.

My feeling is that since you have to offer harassment training, why not use it is an opportunity to teach your staff something useful. Like – how to deal with obnoxious people using behavioral techniques.

Bullying and harassment are normal human behaviors. They happen to be really destructive behaviors, but they work and benefit the bully, which is why they do them.  The good news is that we have decades of research on how to get unwanted behaviors to stop.

Teaching your supervisors and staff how to help shape and train your employees to behave better while at the same time teaching them how to stop harassment behavior in the workplace is a win win win!

Don’t just give your employees a boring legal training and consider your job done. Teach them how to stop harassment by teaching them useful behavioral skills that they can apply immediately to all aspects of their work.  You will be glad you did.

Check out my harassment training options at: https://humanistlearning.com/category/businesscourses/compliance/

If you are an employment lawyer or know one - consider taking this course to learn more about what specifically we should be teaching people. https://humanistlearning.com/stop-bullying-in-the-workplace-for-lawyers/

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