According to a recent report by Glassdoor, 61% of U.S. employees have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the workplace based on age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Additionally, more than one in five employees — 23% — worldwide have experienced violence or harassment at work.
Harassment and discrimination are widespread issues that can seriously impact employee well-being and performance. This is why ensuring a workplace of mutual respect can help protect your organization’s reputation, reduce the risk of litigation, and improve overall workplace morale and productivity.
There are several reasons why an employer should invest in discrimination, harassment and sensitivity training for their employees. First, it has been shown to be one of the core practices for addressing and preventing workplace harassment and discrimination. Second, it helps create a culture of respect, civility and inclusion. Third, it can improve an organization’s reputation while helping to improve retention and recruitment efforts.
Training plays an important role in an organization’s culture and strategy by raising awareness and encouraging positive workplace behaviors and actions. The following are three benefits of implementing a harassment and discrimination training program for employees:
- Prevent workplace harassment and discrimination– Effective training can help ensure employees understand and are exposed to the law to help increase awareness and enable employees to easily recognize and avoid potential harassment behavior.
- Reduce risk of litigation- An employee lawsuit can take over a year for resolution, and costs may exceed $150 million, making company-wide training a worthwhile investment.
- Reduce turnover and improve retention- Most employees want to work in a respectful environment free of toxicity and harassment. By having a solid track record of prohibiting unlawful behavior, employers can support a culture of respect and inclusion, leading to reduced turnover, higher productivity and employee engagement.
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