Sexual harassment in the workplace is all over the news these days; from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to our own MP’s, allegations of inappropriate behaviour are coming in thick and fast. There are also a growing number of police inquiries into allegations of rape and sexual assault on both sides of the Atlantic.
Harassment of any kind is wrong. Not only is it illegal, it’s also a fundamental breach of the trust between an employee and employer. I’m sure you have been as shocked as I have about the extent and nature of these sexual harassment allegations – this kind of behaviour does not belong in any environment, particularly not in a workplace.
This is a timely reminder to all of us that those employers who do not keep their sexual harassment and grievance procedures updated are at risk of breaching their responsibilities under Equality Legislation.
It’s not just about having policies in place, however. It’s important to give thought to the culture within your workplace and whether employees would be comfortable raising issues which could, potentially, be career ending. There has to be faith in the workforce that if they raise sensitive concerns these will be dealt with in a sensitive and supportive manner.
That’s where I can help.
At ELAS we know how important it is to address these concerns, and have specifically created two courses to help you do just that.
The Equality Act 2010 was created to legally protect people from discrimination and racism and applies throughout society, not just in the workplace. In order to help understand the role you play within your workplace in line with the Equality Act, I’ve created an Equality and Discrimination e-learning course, suitable for managers, supervisors and anyone wanting to promote equality and diversity.
What does equality and diversity mean? We hear the words a lot but do you know the difference and what your responsibilities are in promoting them? My team also runs a special half day course to help explain this and take a deeper look into the Equality Act 2010, to help you understand your responsibilities under this legislation.
As we’ve seen every day in the news, it’s easier than ever for individuals who shared similar experiences, possibly years apart, to connect – and news travels fast. Add to this a breaching of the law and acceptable social behaviour by companies and all the ingredients for a scandal are there. This isn’t just true for the Hollywood casting couch or Houses of Parliament but for businesses of every size, up and down the country.
Don’t take a chance with your reputation. At ELAS it’s our job to ensure that your company is protected and your employees know that they work in a safe and supportive environment. As always, if you can’t find a course that suits your needs please get in touch and I’ll be happy to create one specifically for you. Just give me a ring or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your training needs.