Sexual Harassment at Work: Awareness and Management

23rd October, Hertfordshire

This course is designed for business owners, line managers and HR practioners.

Following this one day course, delegates will:

  • Understand what Sexual Harassment is and what your legal obligations are – and its more than you think!
  • Know what their organisation requires in terms of policies and procedures
  • Have the confidence to follow a proper procedure should an allegation of Sexual Harassment be raised
  • Know how to create a safe environment for all staff, free from bullying, harassment and discrimination of all kinds
  • Know how to protect victims, perpetrators and witnesses
  • Understand the importance of protecting the business as well as the individuals

Following the impact of the #metoo movement, people are now increasingly willing to come forward with allegations of Sexual Harassment in the workplace, but making sure you follow a proper and legal process is essential for the protection of your business and the well-being of all those involved.

The laws are changing rapidly in this area and the Government are carrying out a number of consultations which will lead to new legislation and greater obligations on employers.

Making sure you and your staff are properly trained and that a zero tolerance approach to all harassment, but specifically sexual harassment, is embedded in your business is absolutely essential.

What was once accepted as banter is no longer acceptable and as an employer, you have a duty to ensure that everyone is appropriately trained. This one day course is the start of a Sexual Harassment Awareness and Management initiative for your business.

Sexual Harassment Affects Everyone

While the majority of those sexually harassed are female and most of the alleged perpetrators are male, do not be fooled into thinking this is a single dimension problem.

There is a significant number of same-sex sexual harassment allegations and as people become more open about their sexuality and their sexual status in the workplace, these numbers are set to rise. The impact is no less significant on the victims, the devastation can be just as serious and the detrimental impact on their personal lives and working careers can be long-term. Same-sex sexual harassment needs to be taken just as seriously as male on female incidents.

The same is true of female on male sexual harassment. While women have historically been bad at making allegations against male perpetrators, men are far worse about coming forward after being sexually harassed by a female perpetrator … it just doesn’t sit comfortably alongside the male ego, perceptions and societal stereotypes. Females perpetrators know their victims are less likely to be believed, may become the butt of office jokes and are even more likely to keep quiet.

Employers have a duty of care to protect all their employees and to create a safe environment where everyone feels valued regardless of their gender and sexuality, able to progress in their careers for the right reasons and free from harassment of all kinds.

While reporting helplines have a place to play, supporting the victims of sexual harassment, it is far better to create a work environment in which harassment of all kinds is not encouraged, accepted or tolerated and a culture where victims and witnesses feel able to speak out about any concerns.