We often hear Company’s talk about their policies and strong reporting procedures to try to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. However, if employers are serious about reducing workplace harassment, they need to go beyond policies and procedures, or have policies and procedures backed by swift and certain action. One key to effecting this is to place more women in positions of management and leadership. Companies should also eliminate any factors that may constitute or encourage harassment, including powerful position hierarchies, events containing alcohol, and isolated workplaces.
Additionally, companies should invest in creating comprehensive educational programs, addressing all types of sexual harassment, educating staff on what is and is not acceptable workplace behavior, maintaining a culture of respect for all employees, and holding honest conversations on the subject with employees at every level.