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5 Actionable Steps for Harassment Prevention (And Better Training!)
Best Practices Catherine Mattice Oct 08, 2020
Why do we talk about harassment prevention as if it's separate from employee engagement, equity and inclusion, or workplace culture? Also, why are we pretending that harassment prevention training works to actually prevent harassment? In fact, #MeToo and #BLM is proof harassment prevention training doesn't work, mostly because it's lacking key information on engaging in respectful behavior and speaking up when someone engages in incivility. Harassment and bullying prevention has so far been seen as a free-standing, check-the-box training rather than a part of the overall goal to create an engaged workforce or positive work culture that attracts talent. We’re doing it wrong. Change up your training, engage your workforce in building a better culture, and prevent harassment in the process. You want to have engaged employees, and employees want to be happy and psychologically safe at work, and a focus on culture is the answer. And happy and engaged employees have an ROI—they are committed to and passionate about the work they do, which results in great performance and low turnover. Yet many companies fail to realize a positive, healthy, and happy workplace culture because it seems elusive, hard to measure, and hard to prove ROI. It’s also hard to address a negative culture where incivility, bullying, or harassment may thrive because your organization may not have guidelines for addressing these behaviors and managers probably aren’t trained to step in. This presentation will provide you with some steps to make your culture a positive, respectful, and engaged one, and prevent harassment in the process.
Presenter Catherine Mattice
About Catherine Mattice
The founder of Civility Partners, Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a Strategic HR Consultant who assists organizations in building positive cultures through HR practices. Catherine is a widely recognized thought-leader, and she is passionate about employers’ responsibility to create the opportunity and environment for employees to thrive - it shows in her sheer number of conferences and publications. She has appeared on/in NPR, CNN, USA Today, Time.com and more as an expert, she has published articles in a wide variety of venues, and was a regular contributor to Forbes.com. Catherine’s award-winning first book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, was hailed by international leadership-guru, Ken Blanchard, as, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She’s since written two more books, and is a LinkedIn Learning course author.
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