Sexual Harassment Training: Does it work?
March 9, 2014 6:24 AM Subscribe
My workplace has never had a sexual harassment training program. Is it worth me making waves to get one implemented? I don't want to create friction for something that will just be mocked and not actually change people's behavior. Are there training programs that are better/more effective than others?
posted by abirdinthehand to Work & Money (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a small non-profit. It's pretty disorganized management-wise, our "HR person" is actually just another coworker with that tacked onto her job title. It's the sort of place where if you want something done, you do it yourself.
It has come to my attention that many of my female coworkers have experienced sexual harassment in the form of inappropriate touching that makes them uncomfortable at work. It is widely known, amongst workers at least, who the common offenders are and no one to my knowledge has filed formal complaints.
A recent incident involving a volunteer spurred me to speak to a coworkers boss about his inappropriate sexual advances. The volunteer did not want to file a complaint, I took it upon myself to take action. I also spoke with our volunteer coordinator who mentioned to me that we ought to have sexual harassment training but that it was a very contentious topic, because they'll tell you never to "hug coworkers." My organization works with volunteers and the general public, including children. We really should have this type of sensitivity training.
Does sexual harassment training actually reduce sexual harassment? I'm not ready to stick my neck out for something that won't change anything. We are in an area that is rife with machismo and generally not culturally progressive. So I can already imagine the derision that the training will inspire.
If I do choose to push to get the training, how do I go about it? Are there organizations that offer more effective trainings than others?