Challenge of Addressing Workplace Harassment and Discrimination
Workplace harassment is still a major pain point, putting organizations at risk for cultural, reputational and financial damage. Harassment remains prevalent: 52% women face workplace bullying, and almost 30% of all charges filed with the EEOC contain allegations of harassment.
Creating a workplace culture where employees feel safe and respected means designing and implementing a workplace harassment prevention program that adapts to emerging issues. The political environment, social events and technological developments can all influence workplace harassment. Compliance professionals need to be nimble and constantly adapt their plans to respond to these changes.
Technology is another factor that can make workplace harassment a bigger concern. Digital devices are now smaller, more portable and more powerful, allowing for constant engagement. Technology also enables people to connect in ways that would not have been possible only a few years ago. With the almost nonstop coverage of news events and constant stream of information through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s almost impossible for employees to avoid discussing divisive topics in the workplace.
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