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Best Practices

6 Strategies for Effective Leadership Accountability

  1. Hold a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and promote civility and respect
  2. Conduct routine climate surveys to assess the potential (or extent) of harassment within your organization
  3. Provide sufficient resources for harassment prevention efforts inside your organization.
  4. Offer immediate discipline upon knowledge of harassment to participating parties
  5. Hold mid-level managers and frontline supervisors accountable for preventing and responding to harassment
  6. Include harassment prevention materials within your diversity and inclusion strategies and budget

9 Guidelines for Harassment Prevention Policies and Procedures 

  1. Adopt and maintain a comprehensive anti-harassment policy (which prohibits harassment and includes social media considerations)
  2. Create a defined procedure on how to report observed harassments or complaints within your Anti-Harassment Policy
  3. Offer multifaceted procedures for employees to report harassment
  4. Remain alert for any possible retaliation against employees who report harassment
  5. Periodically “test” your reporting system to determine how well the system is working
  6. Devote sufficient resources to harassment procedures so that workplace investigations are prompt, objective, and thorough
  7. Ensure prompt, proportionate, and consistent discipline to every harassment incident
  8. In unionized workplaces, labor unions should ensure their policies and reporting systems meet the principles outlined in this section.
  9. Consider offering researchers access to your workplace to test the effectiveness of your policies, procedures, and practices

3 Tactics for Anti-Harassment Compliance Training

  1. Offer routine compliance trainings, which follow structural principles, to all employees
  2. Train middle-management and first-line supervisors on how to effectively respond to observed and reported harassment
  3. Create a set agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that allows researchers to assess the climate and level of harassment within the workplace

(Inspired by EEOC Study)

“Character makes trust possible and trust is the foundation of leadership.” 

-John C. Maxwell