Diversity trainings for employees and managers

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Respond Rapidly and Appropriately.
Prevent Incidences.

#metoo – This hashtag has very swiftly turned into a buzzword for sexual harassment in the fall of 2017. First, it was famous actors and actresses who came forward, but it became clear very soon: sexual harassment is alarmingly widespread in the world of ordinary people, too. Almost half of all US-American Facebook users are friends with someone who used this hashtag. And that’s only counting the victims who at the very least have come forward online. According to Austrian studies, as many as three quarters of women have been sexually harassed in this country.

First and foremost, these numbers are dazzling. But they also show one thing: sexual harassment and sexual assault are widely spread and omnipresent. Even in the work environment. Organizations thus must deal with the uncomfortable issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Managers must know strategies and actions to handle cases of sexual harassment in the workplace in a professional manner. This is the only way you can take responsibility over your employees. And the employees themselves should know:

  • What types of sexual harassment there are
  • What consequences sexual harassment can have on the victim, the offender and the organization
  • How managers, co-workers and organizations should react in the worst case

You will learn all of that in this training. This knowledge will keep you on the safe side legally and allow you to become capable of creating an appropriate working atmosphere in your organization.

People who were sexually harassed often feel left alone with their problem. Most of the time they don't want any trouble, neither for themselves nor for the organization, and usually not even for the person who harassed them. Usually, only later does it turn out that the victim was not the only one and there were more people affected.

Sexual harassment may have a variety of impacts on those affected, including severe psychological stress, feelings of guilt or fear of coming to work.

The organization’s working atmosphere may be severely damaged in case or cases of sexual harassment. This may lead to lack of motivation or productivity among the staff in the long run, as well as increased absenteeism, long-term medical leaves, termination and high staff turnover.

All the more reason for managers to be attentive and actively combat potential sexual harassment. A poor work atmosphere always leads to the loss of qualified employees in the long run and is hard to quantify in its overall extent. Cases of sexual harassment may bring the whole organization into disrepute. One more reason to stand firmly against it.

Content

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • Forms, backgrounds and case studies
  • Legal framework for victims, offenders and organizations
  • Acting appropriately and prevent sexual harassment
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