A solid foundation begins by combining knowledge, training and clear expectations about unacceptable conduct and its consequences. The cost of taking preventative measures to avoid potential exposure for claims is minimal, compared to the costs you could face in defending a claim of harassment or discrimination.
It is important to assess the workplace environment as heavy demands and pressures to meet goals and deadlines can lead to dismissive, demeaning, and disrespectful conduct. Policies or training alone won’t change behavior. Aligning goals with clearly stated workplace values is vital to fostering a healthy work environment.
A civil, inclusive workplace enables employees to feel safe expressing their ideas and fosters organizational cohesion. When employees feel valued and empowered to voice concerns without the fear of reprisal by management, your organization achieves its best results aligned with your mission, vision and values.
"She is that rare breed of trainer who uses stories and vignettes that are relatable to what managers and non-managers actually go through in the workplace. Ways I can describe Sejal: high energy, intuitive, spontaneous, knowledgeable, inquisitive, sensitive and thoughtful. She injects humor in a professional manner and engages audiences so that they actually want to keep listening. They want to learn. She gets them to think. Sejal uses her employment law background to weave in teachable moments that will last a lifetime."
-Allison West, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Founder, Employment Practices Specialists
A respectful workplace is one where all employees are treated fairly, differences are acknowledged and valued, communication is open and civil, conflict is addressed early and there is a culture of empowerment and cooperation.
The best defense against harassment is to try to prevent as many problems from arising in the workplace as possible. Be proactive, as opposed to reactive, and call for change within the culture of the organization.
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- Jennifer Green, Managing Principal Consultant - Green Global Services
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