Preventing and addressing harassment in the workplace is extremely important for any organization. Providing every employee with harassment training is a critical step to provide an effective, safe work environment. Training will help employees recognize and understand the different types of harassment in the workplace, and will also help them feel safe talking about any harassment they experience. Proper harassment training will better prepare your staff should a situation arise.
What are the different types of harassment in the workplace?
Harassment comes in many shapes and forms. Good harassment training will teach employees to recognize harassment based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or religion, and also sexual harassment and bullying.
Here are just a few examples of how “harassment” can take different forms in the workplace.
Race: Employee makes racial slurs about Asian people within earshot of many people on her team.
Age: Manager resists hiring young people because she feels they have too much of an entitlement attitude.
Gender: Boss always assigns event planning to women because he feels women are generally better at “that kind of thing.”
Religion: Employee hassles a co-worker whose faith prevents her from celebrating birthdays or holidays.
For more information on the differences between harassment and bullying, see this Handout on our blog.
Understanding what these different kinds of harassment look and sound like helps employees to be aware of how to recognize the signs, and what to do should they witness or become a victim of harassment.
How can you administer harassment training to your employees?
Not only do your employees need to be trained in harassment in the workplace, but your managers and supervisory staff do, as well. At CRM Learning, we offer a variety of harassment training videos.
Our programs offer numerous topics designed to fit your training needs, including videos on general harassment, sexual harassment, harassment training for managers, and building respect in the workplace. It is important to know the boundaries of acceptable behavior, and the legality of actions or words said in the workplace. Our training videos go over these subjects in great detail. The ultimate goal is to promote a harassment-free, respectful environment for your staff.
For the latest in effective sexual harassment prevention training, watch our new training film, Once & For All: Stopping Sexual Harassment at Work. It’s available is various formats, including interactive eLearning. This program features cinema-quality production, masterful storytelling, modular content approach and much more. It is also great for NY, CA or other state-mandated training.