Sexual Harassment concerns are plaguing companies because many don’t know how to address the issue. Unfortunately, startups and small businesses are at the highest risk of mishandling Sexual Harassment because they often lack the legal team and HR resources to build a strong anti-harassment program.
It makes you wonder, if large companies – including major television networks, Hollywood movie studios, and government entities – have failed to adequately address this issue, what hope does a smaller-sized company have?
Since workplace sexual harassment issues have been exposed now more than ever before, the conversation has been ignited. Nevertheless, for startups and small businesses, the first step is to still admit that for far too long, company cultures have allowed misogynistic behavior to remain and flourish. It’s certainly time to fully address the issue by initiating open and honest dialog with your employees and company leaders.
But, it’s not enough to simply start the “conversation.
Much of the chatter surrounding Sexual Harassment conversations discuss the blurred line between inappropriate and legal behavior, but no one has truly defined what that line is.
Renee Barnes, CEO - ComplyTrain
Much chatter around surrounding Sexual Harassment conversations discuss the blurred line between inappropriate and legal behavior, but no one has truly defined what that line is.
So – how do you define it?
One of the most important steps a company should take to address the issue of Sexual Harassment is to have a well written policy against it.
If you want to properly handle HR issues, you can’t do it with half-baked HR policies. The HR policies must be well written. For example, you can’t simply download a policy template from the internet or borrow from a friend in HR. Your company can be a risk of lawsuits with large fines and judgements if your policies don’t comply with federal and state HR laws and statutes.
A well-written policy communicates that your company will comply with federal and state employment regulations and laws, and provides custom information on how to issue a formal HR complaint in your organization.
Proper HR Employment policies are very first step to combat the issue of sexual harassment. It is vital to build a culture of compliance as a foundation of change.
Policies take out the guess work and make it more clear to employees what to do in the event of sexual harassment. This gives employers and employees much more power to take identify and take action against infractions.
The ComplyTrain HR Compliance System allows you to enter key company information. Your policies are then customized for your company and loaded into the ComplyTrain system. Employees then read and consent to complying with the policy. This consent is recorded in the ComplyTrain system, which allows you to always prove when an employee read and consented to your HR policies.
Companies must go a step further and train each employee, manager, and leader on their roles in spotting, reporting, and preventing sexual harassment.
This is very key – so that no offender can claim that he/she did not understand the policy. They must be trained and pass the certification.
1. Create your own
Unless you have the time, resources, and budget to pull in HR, Legal, Instructional Design, eLearning Developers, Editors, Graphic Design, and a Learning Management System – then your’e not ready for this option.
Or – if you’re thinking about putting together a powerpoint and getting everyone together in the conference room – don’t do that. You want sexual harassment training that’s trackable and repeatable.
2. Purchase off the shelf Sexual Harassment eLearning.
Many companies do this out of convenience – but there are drawbacks.
Therefore, they may do very little to protect your company in the event of a sexual harassment lawsuit.
There is a better way.
3. Customized Compliance Training designed to explain your Company’s policy
ComplyTrain provides custom Sexual Harassment training based on your company’s Sexual Harassment Policy.
Since we work to customize your policies – we include custom training with all of our ComplyTrain packages.
Now, small businesses and startups can have a strong compliance program in place without going to the web and purchasing generic off-the-shelf training.
ComplyTrain gives startups, small businesses a complete, custom HR compliance program for a fraction of the cost of building it on their own.
Many startups and small businesses have major issues tracking formal HR complaints. Furthermore, in most small businesses employees often don’t know how to file a complaint.
An HR Compliant system can be crucial for your business because it provides a central location for any employee to file an HR complaint, while giving companies an powerful way to track the complaint throughout the investigation and resolution process.
Traditionally, employees are encouraged to “go to a supervisor or manager” to report sexual harassment. But in a small business, there may be few managers to choose from. What if the only manager is actually your alleged harasser? What if they are within the inner circle of the Executive team?
The employee is much less likely to report the harassment when they is no neutral, safe place to report the problem.
This is issue is addressed with ComplyTrain’s HR Complaint System which is an optional add-on feature of ComplyTrain.
ComplyTrain’s HR Complaint System allows employees to submit their HR complaint and funnels the complaint to the company. Here’s how it works:
The ComplyTrain HR Complaint System is an add-on to our standard package – and will make a tremendous impact in startups and small businesses.
Startups and small businesses need a strong HR Compliance Program where they can be proteced from expensive HR issues, and employees can feel safe in a workplace that prioritizes compliance policies, training, and reinforcement.
A lack of HR Compliance means employees can easily be targeted and vulnerable to discrimination, sexual harassment, and other illegal practices, with little or no protection. For Employers, this absense of a compliance program often leads to costly lawsuits, fines, and negative publicity from being sued. It’s vital for every startup and small to medium sized business to build a culture of compliance within their organization.
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