As companies step up their sexual harassment training, it’s important to make sure it’s effective and relevant.
The Society of HR Management reported that when Portland State University’s VP of HR noticed his all-male audience wasn’t paying attention during a training, he gave them an assignment. Each man was to ask one woman in his life if she had been harassed. The men then came back and shared the women’s stories. This was powerful. Many of the men weren’t aware of what women go through. Some even said the experience gave them a better understanding of how their own behavior can be part of the problem.
SHRM offers several tips for updating Sexual Harassment training, such as separate training for managers. Because their role in such situations is different, managers need to be well educated about their responsibilities, if something is brought to their attention.
SHRM also suggests incorporating “bystander training” so that everyone knows how to speak up if they witness something.